Inmates at the Arizona State Prison Complex in Florence recently heard from Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild about successful ways to reintegrate into the population when they're released. The mayor was the only one of more than 30 elected officials to accept a prisoner's invitation to speak at Monday's event.
Rothschild spoke to approximately 140 male inmates about what Tucson has been doing through its Second Chance Coalition, which he started with Federal Magistrate Judge Charles Pyle in 2012. The goal of the coalition is to help prevent recidivism by creating job opportunities for reintegrating inmates and helping them find resources.
The mayor told the medium-security inmates that they must start planning for their futures long before they leave prison.
“Avoid people and places that are associated with your old lifestyle,” he said. “When you get out of here, you may need to find a whole new set of folks.”