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  • On Leaving Prison: A Reflection on Entering and Exiting Communities

    By Monica Cosby, Truthout | Op-Ed

    Formerly incarcerated people suffer from losing their community twice -- first while entering prison and again while leaving it.Formerly incarcerated people suffer from losing their community twice -- first while entering prison and again while leaving it. (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout)

    Navigating life after prison can be daunting, even with the help of well-intentioned allies and organizations set up for that purpose, says Monica Cosby who was imprisoned for 20 years. But an often-overlooked challenge facing formerly incarcerated people is the loss of their two communities -- those who were a part of their lives before prison and those who became their community in prison.

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