Thomas Green, Untitled, 2011. Photograph, 20 x 30 inches. Courtesy of the artist and the Center on Behavioral Health Services & Criminal Justice Research at Rutgers University.
Funded by the National Institute on Mental Health through the Center for Behavioral Health Services & Criminal Justice Research, the research project “Living Re-entry from Inside the Community” was led by Liliane Windsor, Ph.D., MSW and Nancy Wolff, Ph.D. to seek to understand the lived experience of individuals transitioning from incarceration into communities in Newark. Ten individuals with a history of incarceration were recruited to participate in the study. Each participant received a digital camera and was asked to take photographs to depict his or her experiences with re-entry. Photographs were to depict the challenges of re-entry, resources available in Newark to aid in the transition, and potential solutions to the challenges. Participants reviewed one another’s photos and discussed their experiences in a focus group.