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    I highly recommend this to be sent to prisoners who will be released. The sooner the better and the longer he/she has been in the more impact it will have. Many will think this won't be a problem for them, but at least they will have a name for it (and can look it up) if they've heard about it before.

    This is a description of the stages they may go through:
    "Post Release Symptom Progression
    This is because released prisoners experiencing PICS tend to experience a six stage post release symptom progression leading to recidivism and often are not qualified for social benefits needed to secure addiction, mental health, and occupation training services.

    Stage 1 of this Post Release Syndrome is marked by Helplessness and hopelessness due to inability to develop a plan for community reentry, often complicated by the inability to secure funding for treatment or job training;

    Stage 2 is marked by an intense immobilizing fear;

    Stage 3 is marked by the emergence of intense free-floating anger and rage and the emergence of flashbacks and other symptoms of PTSD;

    Stage 4 is marked by a tendency toward impulse violence upon minimal provocation;

    Stage 5 is marked by an effort to avoid violence by severe isolation to avoid the triggers of violence;

    Stage 6 is marked by the intensification of flashbacks, nightmares, sleep impairments, and impulse control problems caused by self-imposed isolation. This leads to acting out behaviors, aggression, violence, and crime, which in turn sets the stages for arrest and incarceration.

    Currently 60% of prisoners have been in prison before and there is growing evidence that the Post Incarceration Syndrome (PICS) is a contributing factor to this high rate of recidivism."

    Source: Post Incarceration Syndrome (PICS) & Relapse
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    Default Re: Prepare for Post Incarceration Syndrome before release

    Good post Roxanne
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    Thank you for this information! My fiance has been incarcerated for 16 years and will be released in the not so distant future. Anything I can find out that will help to make the transition easier is very welcome.
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    Thank you, I appreciate this information very much Roxanne. I hope and pray this will not be a problem with my son, but if it is, I have some tools, thanks to you, to work with now. I am grateful!

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    Is Post Incarceration Syndrome what happened to this guy? Lovelle Mixon's parole record - Los Angeles Times

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    Question Re: Prepare for Post Incarceration Syndrome before release

    Seems to me, he had a life prior to that incarceration that has to have some significance.

    What happened before he was convicted and incarcerated that had some bearing on his life? Something may have led this man to do what he has done. Nothing excuses what he did. There are no excuses for killing a man.

    But I think, if it was Post Incarceration Syndrome, does their life "prior" to incarceration have any bearing on what happens once they are released, just as their life in prison has a bearing on it?


    I am trying to understand and may not be wording what I want to ask correctly.

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    I know what you are saying, Angelwithoutwings. None of us have a whole pic to know.
    And certainly not making excuses for killing a man.
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    I live in Sacramento, CA. and know that this man has been on television there a long while back, wanted for something (I did not Google to remember).

    I could not put my finger on it.

    I told my family and tried to get them to remember .

    He was not found "then".

    After a while, his name resurfaced with this horrific incident related to the unnecessary deaths of these men.

    I am not sure if this is related, but some are trying to make it so.

    But I wanted to say, just as the unnecessary death of the young man in the Bart station on January 1st of 2009 who was shot handcuffed in the back.

    It too was unnecessay and most horriffic.

    These type of events are what cause individuals to go out and commit revenge type acts. This is not right. Not an excuse to do so.

    One death should not be the reason to commit another death, and another death, and so on, and so on. Where does it end?

    I feel for all the families and wish their was something more I could do for them besides donate money and send my condolences.

    You cannot bring back life! That belongs to God! Not People! Why take something that you cannot replace?

    O.K., as usual, I have gone overboard. I apologize. My heart got in the way of my mind again.

    Please accept my apologies for going off subject.

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    Default Re: Prepare for Post Incarceration Syndrome before release

    Thank you Roxanne! K and I have discussed at great length about the anxiety he's going to have about coming home... I have assured him that he would not be coming home to an empty house... and that we will take things one day/one step at a time. As for therapy and things like that, If he asks me to arrange it before he comes home, so be it, but I will leave that completely up to him.



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    Default Re: Prepare for Post Incarceration Syndrome before release

    I am so glad thata my pp recently discovered on his own and admitted to me that he is institutionalized and how much that worries him for getting out. It opens up a dialog which is extremely important. I think that talking about it and acknowledging it is half the battle. I tell my friend that who I really worry about is the guy who says "I dont' feel it, I don't have it, I don't know what you mean"... much better to acknowledge, unpleasant as it may be!

    My friend has told me multiple stories of guys he knows that got out, didn't address stuff, were miserable,and either ended up back in or feeling really paralyzed on the outside. I think that support has everything to do with it and that support should start before they get out.

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