RECHARGE Beyond the Bars Re-entry Game is an interactive card deck of thoughtful, pre-designed questions and interactions which provide an opportunity for formerly incarcerated people to reflect on their lives and many aspects of their incarceration experience with one another, and with their family members and friends in a safe and fun way while they bond and grow in understanding, connection and empathy. Below are samples of some of the thought-provoking questions in the RECHARGE Beyond the Bars Re-entry Game. From fun and easy questions, to more challenging questions which address different aspects of the experience of incarceration, the RECHARGE Beyond the Bars Re-entry Game allows participants to communicate their experiences and feelings in a positive way while it creates open discussion and enjoyable interaction.


  1. How would someone who knows you well say you have changed?
  2. What is most difficult now that you are back home?
  3. Did you share a cell? Tell us about a cell mate you have had.
  4. Draw an abstract picture on how you feel about your incarceration.
  5. How would you describe a difficult day in prison?
  6. Tell us about a funny moment or situation you experienced while in prison.
  7. What is the most important piece of advice you would give to someone going into their first day of incarceration?
  8. What was one of your emotional challenges while you were incarcerated?
  9. Do you think differently of courage since coming home? Explain.
  10. What is one of the most difficult things about interacting with people who have never experienced incarceration?
  11. What have you learned to appreciate, that you did not appreciate before?
  12. Did you meet anyone who motivated you while you were in prison? If yes, how?
  13. What are you proudest of about how you handled being incarcerated?
  14. What do you feel is one of the most important lessons you have learned about yourself or about life while being incarcerated?
  15. What is the best thing you received in the mail?
  16. What color best describes your experience during incarceration? Why?
  17. Tell us about the strangest person you met.
  18. What is one of the obstacles you face that would make you think about going back to prison?
  19. How did your thinking change due to being incarcerated?
  20. What ways have you found to release tension now that you are home?
  21. How did the experience of prison help you, or not help you grow as a person? Explain.
  22. While incarcerated, did you ever speak to a person who would never come home? If yes, what did you talk about? Did you learn anything from that person?
  23. What was the emotion you felt most of the time?
  24. What is one of the major differences between the way people interact in prison and in civilian life?
  25. How can your family/loved ones/friends make you feel like you belong?