Yavapai County AZ (August 11, 2021) – Yavapai Reentry Project, a project of MATFORCE, offers community members a chance to understand the barriers that a person returning from incarceration might encounter through a free simulation experience.
John Morris, Chief Adult Probation Officer for Yavapai County Adult Probation and longtime MATFORCE Board Member, said, “It’s important to understand the barriers formerly incarcerated individuals face when returning to our communities. If we can identify, understand, and address these barriers early before they are released, those individuals are more likely to have a smoother transition back home. This means they are less likely to reoffend, more positively engaged in their life; thus, making a healthier and safe community for us all.”
Reentry Simulation: In Their Shoes
Join us for a mind-changing simulation that will allow you to think outside the norm concerning community members returning from prison. The Reentry Simulation illustrates the journey to self-sufficiency while experiencing the barriers that may contribute to feelings of helplessness and decreased self-efficacy.
Assuming the role of a formerly incarcerated person, participants will perform tasks for four 15-minute sessions, with each session representing one week. By the end of the hour-long, eye-opening activity, participants will have simulated a month in the life of someone who has recently been released from prison.
Participants will encounter the same challenges faced by many formerly incarcerated people as they try to complete their court ordered obligations as well as maintain their day-to-day life. The simulation suggests that, ultimately, the ability to navigate “the system” may be a primary factor in the relationship between resiliency and recidivism.
Two sessions are available, morning and afternoon. Space is limited, RSVP today for this free event to info@YavapaiReentryProject.org or (928) 708-0100.
Tuesday, August 24th | Two Sessions Available: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm OR 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Yavapai College, Bldg. 19, Community Room | 1100 E Sheldon St., Prescott
For more information about the Yavapai Reentry Project or this event visit YavapaiReentryProject.org or call (928) 708-0100.
How can I participate virtually?
There is not a virtual option for this interactive event. We apologize for the inconvenience.