Voices of Reentry is a project that invites formerly incarcerated people to tell their stories and, through storytelling and community dialogue, engages the public in conversation about the role we can all play in welcoming returning citizens into our communities.
“There’s no blueprint for life after a conviction….there are so many disappointments, so many opportunities lost—housing, employment—just so much that comes with life after a conviction. And no one ever speaks about it.”
Floridian Keith Ivey, speaking about his newly-restored right to vote on NPR in 2019.
Voices of Reentry creates space to speak about life after a conviction and incarceration and to bridge the gap between people who have been directly impacted by mass incarceration and those who have not. Mass incarceration has wrought substantial harm to both individuals and the social fabric, and we have yet to reckon with how to heal that harm. Listening to people whose experiences you don’t share is a first step toward empathy, understanding, and civic healing. Through the act of telling stories, we build bridges of shared humanity.Learn more