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COVID and Reentry: New Opportunities Amid Challenges

The latest article in the Connecticut Mirror’s, A Better Deal, examines how COVID presents fresh challenges for prisoners re-entering society, but also new opportunities.   

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While the pandemic has posed extraordinary obstacles, some advocates say their new methods could continue in a post-COVID-19 world. Groups that previously hadn’t worked together are collaborating, and additional money has been directed toward housing and employment efforts.

“It’s been a crazy time, but some positive things have come out of this, like stronger collaborations and just making sure that folks who are discharged are not homeless,” said Sue Gunderman, interim director of re-entry services for the city of Hartford. “Where do we go from here and how can we best provide opportunities for these individuals who need a second chance? We’re still in the investigative part of that.”

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A Better Deal is a 12-part series exploring the challenges and opportunities for inclusive recovery in Connecticut that is supported by a partnership of community foundations, including The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.

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