Family visitations and outside support are limited or nonexistent for those behind bars. For those released during the pandemic, an uncertain economy and reduced services — even to obtain the necessary paperwork — make re-entry a daunting and seemingly impossible task. But three CNN Heroes are navigating pandemic barriers to continue their missions, and even launch new programs, to support those in and transitioning out of prison. “I think prison, on its best days … you feel like you’re alone. And so to cut off all the outside things that usually come in … it makes you feel even more isolated,” said Ellen Stackable, whose non-profit, Poetic Justice, offers weekly restorative writing and creative arts programs to women who are incarcerated. Stackable’s team was running

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