• Join us June 3rd at All Souls, 130 E. Broadway for the Welcome Back Art Show featuring art from returning citizens and citizens still incarcerated
  • Are you an artist that would like to share and sell your work at our art show? Please get in contact with Benny, benny@micmt.org or (406) 207-9954 for more information. 

The fourth Re-entry Simulation Event is returning to Missoula June 27th as part of Re-entry month. Free and open to all members of the Missoula Community, Re-entry Simulation is an experiential illustration of the journey to self-sufficiency for citizens reentering society from incarceration.

During the hour-long simulation, participants try to complete required tasks while encountering the barriers that may contribute to feelings of helplessness and decreased self-efficacy. Participants assume the identity of an ex-offender and perform tasks in four 15-minute sessions, with each session representing a week. By the end of this hour long, eye-opening activity, participants will have simulated a month in the life of someone just released from prison. One participant said, “This was the most stressful thing I’ve done in a long time.”

The experiential session shows the public all the challenges associated with trying to build a life from scratch with so many obstacles and pressures, in a short amount of time.

“You have to figure out what comes first, and that’s one of the challenges,” says Katie Weston, Probation and Parole Deputy Chief, who created the simulation game. “You end up in a rat race around town.”

The goal of offering a Re-entry Simulation is to create understanding about the challenges facing returning citizens, and our community’s role in making re-entry successful for returning citizens who come here motivated to succeed.

  • Two Re-Entry Simulation times: 3pm-5pm or 6:30-8:30, must SIGN UP to participate. Only 50 people per session, sign up now as it will fill up quickly!
  • Panel title: “Decriminalization of Poverty”
  • Panelists:
    • Father Gregory Boyle of Homeboy Industries
    • Amy Sings In the Timber, Executive Director at Montana Innocence Project
    • Ann Miller, Managing Attorney at Tribal Defenders, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes
    • Clemente Arciga, Returned Citizen

Who is Father Boyle and Homeboy Industries?

Learn more: Get Help | Homeboy Industries

Last modified: June 7, 2022