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Reentry simulation shines light on challenges formerly incarcerated people face.

To illustrate the challenges that formerly incarcerated people face as they reintegrate into their communities after release, a group of more than 40 policymakers, corrections professionals, and legal practitioners gathered at the Givens Center in Port Orchard, Washington, for a reentry simulation exercise.Andrew Binion, “Re-Entry Simulation Exercise at Givens Center Shows the Chaos of Life after Prison,” Kitsap Sun, September 29, 2018.

Among the group was Kitsap County prosecutor Tina Robinson, who, in the simulation, failed a “drug test” and could not receive “treatment” because she did not have the correct form of identification.Andrew Binion, “Re-Entry Simulation Exercise at Givens Center Shows the Chaos of Life after Prison,” Kitsap Sun, September 29, 2018. In the exercise, participants learned how even a minor slip-up could land someone back in prison. “They need some help,” Kitsap County Sheriff’s Corrections Lieutenant Penny Sapp, who also took part in the simulation, said of formerly incarcerated people. “Everybody expects them to do it on their own.”Andrew Binion, “Re-Entry Simulation Exercise at Givens Center Shows the Chaos of Life after Prison,” Kitsap Sun, September 29, 2018.