Lorig Charkoudian is a MD resident is a member of a group of volunteers for a nonprofit called Community Mediation Maryland. In 2014, she did a 67 mile run to help raise money for Baltimore families who are unable to afford the costly bus ride to see their incarcerated loved ones. The argument of this article was that the best way for adults to re-enter into society is with the help of their families. Community Mediation works to reunite families and repair bonds that inmates may lose with their loved ones after years behind bars. After being imprisoned and isolated for so long, it is hard for may to imagine the lives that they lived before incarceration. The group’s goal is to help these men “nurture a support system.” By meeting with the former inmates and their families and mediating conversations and arrangements for these people to assimilate back into society, the volunteers have found that they can repair relationships that appear to have died out, and provide the reformed citizens with the comfort and support of their loved ones so that they do not feel as if they are doomed to take on such a difficult task by themselves.
-This article essentially states that the main cause of recidivism is the socio-economic circumstances to which many former convicts return. In a society, where no one believes in the rehabilitation of a criminal, we make it harder for those who have paid their debts to society to return as functioning members of society. In doing so, we push them back towards prison. Online background checks have become an easy way for employers to discriminate against former criminals, and along with the unfavorable circumstances in regards to employment, these men have very few sources for other things. They have a lack of access to healthcare, they are often banned from public housing and assistance. and their personal and emotional needs were not met upon their arrival in prison and are certainly not to be met now. When your community has been crippled by the prison system, it leaves you with little to return to, so many end up going right back to what they have come to know and depend on after years in the system.