These conditions must change — especially now that the U.S. is preparing to release more than 40,000 non-violent offenders from their sentences early in the next few years; 6,000 are to be released this month. Men and women released from prison deserve to return to environments where successful re-entry is possible. To accomplish this, we cannot rely solely on legislative changes. We must do work ourselves and see those with criminal records as they are: as equal citizens, as colleagues and, in some cases, as students. We should meet them not only when they return from prison, but also — more often and in more ways — while they are still inside. A genuine commitment to rehabilitation requires this, so razor wire no longer separates us quite so completely from 2 million of our neighbors.