Reentry From a Former Offender’s Perspective-Randy Kearse

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After 33 years under some form of  correctional supervision (jail, prison, parole, or probation ) former offender Randy Kearse addresses prison reentry from his unique perspective. Kearse is the author of multiple books, a public speaker and a self-proclaimed reentry strategist. He is finally free of any correctional obligations as of August 10, 2015; the release date for this podcast. He was interviewed via Skype from Brooklyn, NY.

From his website addressing his new book, “The Changin Your Game Plan Strategy is an innovative reading, rethinking, and readiness approach to successful prison reentry. It is not based on prison reentry theory or based on a set of thoughtless ideas developed by a nameless official tucked away in a comfortable office somewhere, who doesn’t have a clue what the day to day struggles are for someone who is not only getting out of prison physically, but, someone who has to breakout of the mental prison he or she has been living in (for some almost half their life). This powerful, yet practical approach to change, doing time and preparing for the future is based on the critically acclaimed book, Chnagin’ Your Game Plan: How I used incarceration a stepping stone to SUCCESS….. After spending close to 30 years incarcerated in some shape, fashion or form, Mr. Kearse has created a blueprint for anyone serious about never returning to prison.”

Randy’s website is at http://www.reentrystrategies.com/.

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