Navigating the Challenges of Reentry.

Life After Prison and A Solution To the Isolation.

By: Sabrena Morgan

Reentry is hard. I spent four years in federal prison, and during that time, I became accustomed to a unique set of rules and a tight-knit community. In that confined space, there was a certain level of respect among inmates, regardless of our differences. Living at a federal prison camp meant that getting along with others made life easier, and despite occasional yearnings for solitude, the sense of community was invaluable. However, it was a reality that I only truly grasped the significance of upon my release.

With a nine-year sentence, I was fortunate to be released after serving four years, transitioning to home confinement. Blessed with love and support from family and friends, their efforts to welcome me back were heartfelt, but the experience was challenging. The world outside had changed, and despite the familiarity of my loved ones, they seemed like strangers in some aspects.

In prison there’s a specific way of moving, living, and a shared understanding among inmates facing similar challenges. Once released, interacting with the free world felt like attempting to speak a different language. Most of the people I knew had never been to prison and couldn’t fully comprehend what I had been through. The camaraderie of prison life, where you could easily talk to a bunkmate or walk down the hall for a face-to-face chat, vanished.

Home confinement, an entirely different kind of isolation, presented its own set of challenges. Your home becomes your designated prison, and though you have the freedom to invite friends over, it feels odd. Communicating with people you once knew becomes a struggle, and meeting new people can be exhausting. Being an open book about my past has been my approach, and surprisingly, people were intrigued rather than judgmental. I couldn’t help but find it ironically amusing when I hear people talking about all the red flags someone has, and here I am, wearing my ankle monitor, feeling like I’m a walking carnival of warning signs.

This journey is undeniably challenging. Thirty-four months of home confinement can feel like torture, yet, I wouldn’t change a thing. The struggle to adapt, communicate, and build new connections is real. It’s an internal conflict between wanting the familiar, the comfortable, and the inherent human tendency to gravitate towards what we know, right or wrong.

Understanding why individuals may re-offend and return to the life they were comfortable with becomes clearer when considering the pull of the familiar. It’s not about longing for a life of crime; it’s about seeking something familiar and comfortable in a world that has drastically changed.

Fortunately, there are support groups available to help individuals going to prison and those who have come home. The White Collar Support Group™ is free and provides valuable resources and connections for those navigating the challenges of going to prison and reentry. Just as veterans have support groups upon returning home, similar networks are essential for former inmates to reintegrate successfully into society. Reentry is a journey, and with the right support, it can lead to a brighter future.

Sabrena Morgan is an accomplished writer and TikToc creator and she is a member of the Ministry’s White Collar Support Group™ that meets every Monday evening on Zoom. You can experience more of Sabrena’s content on Meduim and on TicTok.

We highly recommend Brent Cassity’s podcast, Nightmare Success, in which he interviews justice-impacted people from all walks of life. He is a White Collar Support Group member with a mission to be of service to our community. Please check it out on Spotify at or on your favorite podcast platform.