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ReEntry Stories: Finding Partnership, Purpose In And Out Of Prison


ReEntry Stories features conversations between people who were once in prison.  More than 1,500 people a year return to life outside prison in Montgomery County, and, like returned citizens all over Ohio, they often they have trouble finding jobs, housing, education and mental health services.

All the people in people in ReEntry stories  were part of Sinclair Community College’s Advanced Job Training program or the Dayton Collaboratory’s X Factor Initiative

Today we meet Keyawn Jackson and his wife Nikkita Jackson.  They met while Keyawn was in prison and Nikkita was a student at Central State University. Keyawn went through the prison training program at Sinclair and now works as a service technician and a writer. His wife Nikkita is a social worker who sometimes works with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (ODRC), and together, they’ve started a business of their own. 

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ReEntry Stories is produced by Mary Evans and is a collaboration between WYSO, Sinclair Community College and the Dayton Collaboratory.  Funding support comes from Sinclair and the Eichelberger Center for Community Voices.