The Government Stops Here: Civil Society’s Role in Prisoner Reentry

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Prison Cell

The recidivism rate among ex-offenders in the U.S. is massive—upwards of 67 percent. Helping former inmates find and keep a steady job is crucial to bringing this number down.

That’s what makes an article that ran in the Washington Post this past weekend so interesting. Michelle Singletary is a Personal Finance Columnist who runs the “Color of Money Challenge.” In past years, Singletary has used her writing and personal finance skills to both work with and share the story of unemployed individuals and struggling military families, but this year she is choosing to take up the challenge of working with two ex-offenders, Stephanie Harris and Christine Foote.