Imprisonment is an emotionally traumatic experience. Although it is understood that war veterans often require counseling to overcome Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, there is no exit plan for those coming out of the war zone of incarceration. As a result, when our loved ones come home, they bear deep emotional scars that often translates into erratic and even violent behavior. If they spent a great deal of time, they may have missed major changes in the society during their absense to which they have difficulty adjusting. What should be happening inside the prison to adequately prepare inmate for eventual release back into society? What type of educational and vocational training should inmates have to prepare them for employment? What kind of spiritual counseling should they have to help them heal the deeper unseen emotional wounds? Are we providing psychological evaluations to determine what state of mind an inmate may be in prior to their release? How does one regain ones sense of dignity, pride and self respect after such an ordeal? What kind of counseling should family members seek to help them understand and cope with the emotional ups and downs their loved one may exhibit? Queen Mother Helen Sinclair, Director of the Jesse Ma Houston Prison Outpost discusses the kind of work that must be done with men and women behind the walls before their release in order to insure a better transition back into society.
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