SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – On Saturday, the Sioux City Public Museum hosted a reentry simulation for formerly incarcerated individuals looking to start fresh.
The local Chapter of NAACP and Central Iowa Works held a Returning Citizen Reentry Simulation.
This program aims to simulate the life of a person who has just recently completed serving their time in jail.
To help them reenter the community, they have to go through a month or four separate week programs.
This means they meet with local agencies, do a series of tests and may even go to treatment.
Programs by Central Iowa Works include these simulations and also opportunities to help folks still serving time.
“We have a department of labor grant locally that we are working with people while they are still incarcerated to get training that they can then be reentered into the community and actually have a job. There are really three important things to have when they come back to the community and that’s a job, housing, and a support system,” Soneeta Mangra-Dutcher, Operations Director of United Way of Central Iowa.
Professionals believe that helping incarcerated individuals deters them away from returning to prison