Every month 200 people join the Northwest Arkansas community after being release from incarceration.
That’s why community leaders are working together to give these men and women a second chance.
The After the Arrest Summit is a chance for ambassadors all over the country to collaborate on how to make life easier for a person transitioning from behind bars into the public eye.
Everyone in attendance works directly with men and women who are incarcerated or recently freed from jail.
This includes organizations such as Goodwill, Narcotics Anonymous, and Arkansas Community Correction.
Nick Robbins – the Executive Director of Returning Home – says some of the clients he works with become trapped in a cycle.
He says the resources most needed right now to break this cycle is affordable housing and assistance with identification.
“You start just spinning around in a circle and you give up,” Nick Robbins said. “You start using again and then you become homeless. So we want to break those barriers within our community when these people get out.”
Returning Home of Springdale hosted the event.
It’s a non-profit that houses 50 men who are coming out of prison and helps line them up with jobs and the neccessities for their next chapter of life.