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The game PlaySpent

Discuss your perceptions of the exercise in correlation to the course discussion on The “Many Faces” of Incarceration/Reentry” and the overall course title “How to Break Out of Prison”. This reflection can, incorporate your thoughts and feelings, course readings, and two journal articles you found that analyzes how men/women in transition from prison navigate life without financial means or viable resources. Personal examples are great to highlight your reflections! There is no right or wrong way to reflect on this experience.
Find two current peer-reviewed journal articles that discusses the economic problems men and women face when they leave jail/prison. Current journals should be based in the U.S. and between the years 2011 and 2021. Incorporate the readings in your CRJ assessment of the assignment.

Play the game PlaySpent (www.playspent.org). Discuss how much money did you end up with at the end of the month? Were you on the brink of experiencing homelessness? What decisions were hardest for you to make during this exercise? Did this activity change or support your perceptions of “men/women in transition from prison” and breaking away from the mental/physical ties that bind them as they again navigate through life in a new world? How might this activity look different if you added children to the equation? What is the risk involved with committing another crime because of the lack of money in order to survive.

In your journal discuss, how can one break out of prison?

Tips to Write a Good Critical Journal:

Read all required course materials (Locate in the “Files Directory” link in Sakai)
Take notes of the articles and class lectures
Read article(s) for full understanding
Bring questions to class that will engage your peers with facilitator-mediated discussions
Incorporate the course readings in your journal entries
Personalize your entries
Personalize your writings to make your presence known
Write each entry demonstrating your understanding with relevant literature
Show your creativity by introducing something new about what you learned and the specific service day or field work activity/event
Incorporate the course readings to your personal account
Develop a consistent structure
Have an introduction, body, and conclusion
Narrate and explain the main idea of the activity, the readings, and your reflections
Demonstrate your understanding of the course readings as you may use quotes from the readings or paraphrase an author’s point to make a particular point clearer, but use them only when relevant and necessary. Cite them properly, APA format
Demonstrate your own ideas, arguments, opinions in relation to the readings and reflections
Summarize your points
Apply your critical thinking ability
What assumptions are the readings bringing to your writings
What facts/assumptions do the activities bring to your writings
Does your personal account agree with your readings, are there alternative explanations
Write in first person: “I” (i.e., I agree with the author in this reading, I realized that serving in this capacity…I felt good when I served…I felt bad when…)
Give references to support