During the spring semester of 2019, I was honored to be selected to take part in the Prison Reentry Internship at SCI Rockview. Even with the unforeseen obstacles of this internship, I will forever treasure this opportunity because it has undoubtedly put more clarity into what I want to do with my life. Not only have I gained an immeasurable experience toward my desired career, but I have also been provided a glimpse into the current realities of the world we live in. This internship has allowed me the chance to increase my proximity to the world of incarcerated individuals far more than any other experience. Such instances, like listening to the narratives of the people incarcerated, or sitting in on group therapy sessions, are incomparable to simply learning about these individuals within the confines of a textbook or classroom. Whether it be a career within law enforcement or policymaking, I would highly recommend this opportunity to anyone interested in a field in the criminal justice system.
Stephanie Perez Ginard