Prison Stargate

A number of years ago I was on a panel. Jan Agostaro, a fellow poet, was also on this panel. We were doing a poetry reading of poems from prison when the subject of Reentry came up. Jan described the moment of Reentry like passing through the Stargate. Society at large, including policy makers and most Reentry service providers, do not realize that our total institutions are other worlds, that when people return to this world, especially after an extended period of time of imprisonment, they are returning and reentering a world dramatically different than the world they remember and the world they’ve become accustomed to and are leaving, and the world they’re reentering. Little wonder that our recidivism rate is so high. People go back through the Revolving a Door, the Prison Stargate.

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About ezwaters

Award-winning poet, playwright and writer. Author of three books of poetry, "Black Shadows and Through the White Looking Glass: Remembrance of Things Past and Present"; "Sometimes Blue Knights Wear Black Hats"; "The Black Feminine Mystique," and a novel, "Streets of Rage." All four books are available on Amazon.com.
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