Reentry Anonymous 
Ex-offender Education. Reentry Information.  Recovery Support.
A Non-Profit Organization



IS R.A. For You?

Definitions

Ex-offender: A person, juvenile, or adult, who has broken a city, state, federal, or county law/ordinance, has been adjudicated guilty in a court of law, sentenced or fined as a result of their crime, made restitution either through incarceration or fines or both, and has been released from incarceration, probation, or other correctional supervision in fulfillment of the terms of their court ordered sentence.


Ex-offender Reentry: The process an ex-offender undergoes as a result of having been released from incarceration, probation, parole, or any other type of correctional supervision in which the person returns to society with a felony conviction record usually barring that person for life from their civil rights as citizens of The United States, the right to vote, the ability to obtain gainful employment or housing due to electronic criminal background checks, and the right to live as free men and woman as defined in The Constitution of the United States. Furthermore, ex-offenders are identified as outcasts by society with little or no resources or support to help them or their families and tend to find their situation hopeless. It is the hopeless state of mind, inability to help oneself due to being their own greatest problem, and an addiction to criminal activity that normally leads the ex-offender to relapse into old behavior patterns such as criminality, victimization, and substance abuse to survive and ultimately repeat the cycle of incarceration and recidivism all over again.


Criminality: The quality or state of being criminal or in the midst of criminal activity. A criminal act or practice.


Criminal Addiction: The condition of being abnormally dependent on some habit, especially compulsive dependency toward criminal activity or behavior. (2). The state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically habit-forming. (3).  An illusionary intimate relationship with an object or event.

Reentry Anonymous treats the cycle of recidivism as:

  • Criminal Addiction (Criminality as a way of life)
  • Substance Addiction (drugs, alcohol)
Regardless of outside resources a person has an 85% chance of re-offending if they have a lifestyle which includes one of the above criteria.

Do You have a Criminal Addiction? Ask Yourself The Following Questions:

1. Do you get a 'rush' or 'high' from your illegal activities?
2. Do you miss or crave the 'high' of committing illegal acts?
3. Do you find yourself obsessing about committing illegal acts or compulsively committing illegal acts without the ability to stop yourself?
4. Do you consider your life boring, flat, and depressing now that you are not 'In the street life'?
5. Do you find yourself feeling hopeless or helpless about being able to survive without committing criminal acts?
6. Do you find yourself feeling powerless about leaving your criminal associations, friends, group, gang, organization?
7. Do you consider your criminal associations your 'Family'?
8. Do you have anyone in your life not 'affiliated' with criminal activity?
9. Do you know anyone who has successfully left their criminal past to live a life free of self-destruction and incarceration?
10. Do you use alcohol or drugs?
11. How often have you been under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the same time as committing a criminal act?
12. Do you have any resources, support. or information with regards to how to successfully live a life as an ex-offender as described on this website?
Reentry Anonymous is for anyone who has the honest desire to stop living a life of criminality, needs ex-offender reentry support, or is ready to ask for help with their criminal addiction(s). We are generally people who come into contact with some local, municipal. state, or federal law enforcement agency resulting in an arrest and fall into one of several categories:
1. First time offenders: Felony or Misdemeanor
2. Repeat Offenders: Felony or Midemeanor
3. Drug Offenders (Depending on your state the offender may or may not be eligible for drug court and/or drug diversion rehabilitation).



    " I was at an ex-offender reentry showcase of services event in the early days of Reentry Anonymous to explain what exactly we do. There were about 25 different organizations and agencies of various types from faith based to governmental that were under the guise of 'resource' offerings. We were the only support organization as well as the only organization made up solely of ex-offenders. I must of had 25 people seeking services (ex-offenders) over the course of the day come up to my booth and the only thing they wanted to know was, "Can you get me a job?'. They were not interested in anything else. Finally, one person who had all the mannerisms of lengthy incarceration walked up to the booth and said, "I need a job". He answered every one of the assessment questions with, "I need a job". Halfway through the assessment i asked him how long he was locked up in which he stated 5 years. I asked him if he had a job before he was locked up and leading up to his arrest and he said "yes". I  told him what I was told by someone who cared enough to tell me the hard truth about my life, " You had a job before your convictions and blew it by getting arrested and convicted. I could call all over town to get you a job but you would only blow it. You would blow it and sour that employer on hiring another ex-offender because brother your problem is not a job problem, you are your problem. Until you change that, anyone handing you a job without you doing anything about yourself and why you committed your crimes is only depriving you of the work it takes to change yourself and stop destroying your life and those around you". The stark truth we see over and over is job or no job, car or no car, family or no family, if an ex-offender does not put in the work in changing themselves they will almost surely revert back to who they were before ever being arrested when life as an ex-offender gets unmanageable. - Reentry Anonymous Member



    Applying the 12 steps as adapted from traditional 12 step programs releases the ex-offender from the vicious cycle of recidivism due to their past as well as the powerlessness over the criminal consequences, and the hopelessness of their future to survive free of their own criminality by adopting a ‘Power greater than themselves'. The addict has a support mechanism in place to survive a lifetime of shame, guilt, anxiety, fear, resentment, and anger against themselves and the society that convicted them. Reentry Anonymous provides the support of men and women who have recovered from such a hopeless state of mind. Other 12 steps groups use the 12 steps as a recovery tool to overcome: alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, gambling, compulsive eating, co-dependence, and dual diagnosis. Reentry Anonymous uses the 12 steps of recovery to overcome the hopelessness of criminal addiction and the cycle of destruction it yields as a result of a state of mind without a recovery system to support ex-offenders through reentry.