Criminal Justice department hosts reentry simulation

Students line up on the sidewalk to enter the simulation.

The criminal justice department at Mars Hill University recently hosted a “reentry simulation” that allowed students, staff, and faculty participants to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges newly released individuals face as they leave incarceration and reintegrate into society.

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Kayti Ledford said, “The reentry simulation provided participants with a unique opportunity to step into the shoes of those navigating the challenging path of reintegration. Through various interactive exercises and simulations, the participants gained firsthand experience of the difficulties individuals face as they strive to rebuild their lives.”

Two students talk with representatives from agencies at a table in the fellowship hall.Each station in the simulation represented aspects of life that newly-released offenders must navigate: completing probation, getting a job, getting an ID, finding a place to live, establishing a bank account, etc. Participants also had the opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations with individuals who had experienced reentry firsthand.

Freedom Life Ministries of Marion, NC played a pivotal role in organizing and facilitating the event.

A student chats with a man representing NC Works at a table outside the chapel.