Kentucky Prison Reentry Program Has Correction Officers and Incarcerated People Switch Roles
Date:  10-27-2018

Correction Officers learn how difficult life can be after release from prison
From The Marshall Project:

No one knew what we were signing up for, but we volunteered for the “re-entry-to-society simulator” at our Kentucky prison regardless.

When the day came, we filed into a large room.

“Take a seat at one of the tables, any table. That will be your ‘occupation’ for the next hour—so find something fitting, guys,” said the re-entry program administrator, a red-haired woman acting as our new boss. “You’ll find instructions in your packet. And don’t steal any of the pens or markers!” “Damn,” said a prisoner beside me. “I could really use a new pen.”

After sitting down, I opened my packet and glanced inside. The instructions were simple: I’d chosen the role of a “service worker” at the “plasma donation” station. (This is a common way for ex-prisoners to make money after getting out.) All I had to do to get into character was make sure all my potential customers did three things: provide personal I.D., pay a travel ticket—the simulator’s form of currency, allowing them to use each station, much like a bus token—and pick a card from my deck. Continue reading >>>