By Elaine Gunnison
During this entire exploration of the middle concerns surrounding criminal reentry, Elaine Gunnison and Jacqueline Helfgott spotlight the consistent pressure among regulations intended to make sure tender reintegration and the social forces―especially the stigma of a legal record―that can hinder it from occurring. Gunnison and Helfgott concentrate on the criteria that improve reentry good fortune as they tackle demanding situations concerning race, type, and gender. Drawing on debts from corrections execs and previous inmates to demonstrate the real-life effects of reentry coverage, they make clear one of many key legal justice problems with our time.
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One does not have to look any further than YouTube and enter in a search such as “challenges leaving prison” to find a wide range of ex-offenders candidly discussing the obstacles before them as they reintegrated back into society. The 2004 PBS documentary A Hard Straight is perhaps one of the best gritty introductions to prisoner reentry. ” From fear, lack of income, lack of 43 44 OFFENDER REENTRY job opportunities, and an absence of social and community support, the ex-offenders struggle to find the pathway to successful reintegration.
Additionally, if the agencies are not aware of one another, then each agency would not be able to refer an offender to another for services. , Helen B. Ratcliff and Madison Inn), Catholic Community Services, and many more. UNDERSTANDING OFFENDER REENTRY 19 The literature is mixed on the success of SVORI programs. , 2006). For instance, J. A. Bouffard and L. Bergerson (2007), in an investigation of a SVORI program in the Midwest, found that SVORI participants were less likely to test positive for drug use while on parole and had lower postparole rearrest rates compared to non-SVORI participants.
I’ve completed two years of substance abuse, graduated from the program, I think the desire’s gone” (2005, p. 258). Another participant in their study reported, “Honestly, there is no need for that because I love life. There is a lot of life in life if you just, you know. It’s bad. Drugs are bad. They take it all out of you. They take away your life” (p. 258). I. Sommers, D. R. Baskin, and F. Fagan (1994) examined the cases of thirty female former street offenders and discovered that some women made a conscious decision to stop their involvement in crime and cease their drug use, whereas others sought formal treatment to assist them in their recovery.
Offender Reentry: Beyond Crime and Punishment by Elaine Gunnison