Researchers and service providers often times speak on behalf of their subject or client without ever actually hearing from the people themselves. The voice of those directly impacted is essential when working with those who are. It is important to discuss the various considerations when working with this population. The unwillingness to acknowledge those lived experiences contribute to the trauma that people deal with daily.
It is experienced in the pre-incarceration, during incarceration, and Reentry. Issues such as mental health and trauma are often overlooked, however have a direct connection to employment, housing, access to resources, and family dynamics. The purpose is to provide education and insight on how trauma impacts one’s reentry journal and carries over even years after returning home. The forum will discuss the barriers to resources and support that exist to a growing population who are going into the prison system only to return home.