BUILD: Re-Entry and Parole Simulation
The Chief Diversity Office is partnering with IowaWorks, Inside Out Re-entry Community, and the UI Center for Human Rights to host a Returning Citizen Re-Entry Simulation.
The Re-Entry Simulation was developed by the United States Attorney’s office and designed to allow participants to gain an understanding of the obstacles offenders face upon release from a term of incarceration. The purpose of the Re-Entry Simulation is to help participants more clearly understand the barriers ex-offenders face on their paths to re-establishing themselves as lawabiding, taxpaying citizens. By “living the life” of someone released from prison, participants experience first-hand the barriers and challenges encountered by returning citizens on a daily basis. This experience highlights many of the unnecessary barriers to successful re-entry. During the simulation participants are assigned the identity of a fictional offender and navigate through a series of events in an effort to successfully reintegrate into the community.
Almost any person would find it a useful exercise, but policy makers, elected officials, faith-based communities, employers, community organizations, and law enforcement personnel may find it particularly helpful.
Additionally, if you are interested in becoming a volunteer in future simulations, please make time to stay after the event for a volunteer training from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
To register, email Bria Marcelo at firstname.lastname@example.org. Availability is on a first-come, first-served basis.