Many of the social services and job programs that former prisoners rely on to achieve re-entry into their communities are inaccessible without a comprehensive knowledge of the internet.
When Renaldo Hudson left the Danville Correctional Center on Sept. 2, he was beaming. As the sun shone down on a hot day in Eastern Illinois, Hudson took his first free steps in 37 years.
Later that day, he arrived at the Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation, a restorative justice nonprofit that helps former prisoners get on their feet. There, he saw friends for the first time in years and hugged his attorney, Jennifer Soble.
He was also handed a Samsung smartphone, a piece of technology that wouldn't have been imaginable to an American in 1983."People would say things like they were so simple." said Hudson, 57. "'Listen, go to your browser and open this up.' I'm like, 'Who is the browser?'"