Even though people having successfully served their time incarcerated are referred to as “having paid their debt to society”, huge barriers exist when they return to the “outside”. These barriers make reintegration extremely difficult for many. Some of the barriers are:
- Low number of landlords willing to rent to ex-offenders
- Limited re-entry resources
- Legal restrictions
- Weak support networks
- Dysfunctional communities and neighborhoods
- Fear, stigma and public perception, negative attitudes
- Unclear goals
- Lack of job search skills
- Questionable work history and inadequate workplace skills
- Limited education and training
- Potential recidivism
But success is possible. San Bernardino County has a strong partnership between County departments, working closely together to help those previously incarcerated to reintegrate. Led by Public Health, there is also a powerful Reentry Collaborative (see www.sbcounty.gov/sbcrc ) of which 211 is a part.
Using the resources found on this site, and the assistance of a peer who can help map out a Reentry Plan, you can succeed. To get help from a live 211 Reentry Specialist, call 211 and choose menu option 90 at the prompt.