Understanding and Improving Prisoner Reentry Outcomes
Prisoner Reentry is an engaging and comprehensive examination of prisoner reentry and how to improve public safety, well-being, and justice in the "era of mass incarceration." Renowned authors Daniel P. Mears and Joshua C. Cochran investigate historical trends in incarceration and punishment policy, the salience of in-prison and post-prison contexts and experiences for reentry, and the importance of understanding group differences in offending, punishment, and social context. Using extensive reliance on both theory and empirical research, the authors identify how reentry reflects criminal justice policy in America and, at the same time, has profound implications for crime prevention and justice. Readers will develop a diverse foundation for current policies, identify the implications of reentry for families, community, and society at large, and gain a conceptual and empirical toolkit for analyzing and improving the lives of those released from prison.
Can the common criminal get a fresh start?
An essential resource for former convicts and their families post-incarceration. The United States has the largest criminal justice system in the world, with currently over 7 million adults and juveniles in jail, prison, or community custody. Because they spend enough time in prison to disrupt their connections to their families and their communities, they are not prepared for the difficult and often life-threatening process of reentry. As a result, the percentage of these people who return to a life of crime and additional prison time escalates each year. Beyond Bars is the most current, practical, and comprehensive guide for ex-convicts and their families about managing a successful reentry into the community and includes:
*Tips on how to prepare for release while still in Prison
*Ways to deal with family members, especially spouses and children
*Finding a job
*Money issues such as budgets, bank accounts, taxes, and debt
*Avoiding drugs and other illicit activities
*Free resources to rely on for support
THE REENTRY SOURCEBOOK IS AN UNPARALLELED COMPILATION OF LOCAL, STATE, AND NATIONAL RESOURCES TO HELP INDIVIDUALS NAVIGATE AND OVERCOME THE CHALLENGES OF REENTRY. AN EXTRAORDINARILY COMPREHENSIVE AND INSIGHTFUL RESOURCE, THE REENTRY SOURCEBOOK IS IDEALLY SUITED TO HELP THOSE IN NEED: - SUCCESSFULLY REINTEGRATE BACK INTO COMMUNITIES - OBTAIN AND RETAIN LEGITIMATE AND PRODUCTIVE EMPLOYMENT - ADVANCE EDUCATIONAL GOALS - MOVE FROM SOCIAL DEPENDENCE TO SELF-SUFFICIENCY WITH 14 HARD-HITTING CHAPTERS COVERING INFORMATION AS DIVERSE AS MENTAL HEALTH, SUBSTANCE ABUSE, HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS, FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT, FAMILY, AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP, THE REENTRY SOURCEBOOK IS A CRITICAL COMPONENT OF ANY SUCCESSFUL REENTRY STRATEGY.
No question about it – by almost any measure, America operates the world’s largest, costliest, and most dysfunctional criminal justice ($250 billion) and incarceration ($80 billion) systems. With nearly 2.2 million prisoners in state and federal institutions, another 12 million circulating in and out of jails and detention centers, and 77 million with arrest records, America is an arrested society with more troubling rap sheets than promising resumes!
Indeed, each year nearly 700,000 ex-offenders exit prison for the free world. Within three years of release, two-thirds return to prison where they each cost taxpayers between $25,000 and $210,000 a year to experience justice and retribution. Once released with a measly $200 in gate money and no housing, job, or re-entry/support plan, not surprisingly, ex-offenders are like fish out of the water – they don’t make it on the outside for long.
But help is on the way for surviving this criminal justice maze. Filled with powerful insights, advice, self-tests, examples, and exercises that focus on both hope and action, "The Ex-Offender’s Re-Entry Success Guide" is the ultimate guide for those who want to stay out for good and do something meaningful with their lives. While the whole re-entry process is fraught with challenges that can lead to rejections, disappointments, and temptations, this also is a time for self-renewal and transformation. There are silver linings here for those who see opportunities in adversity – a unique time for ex-offenders to inject greater meaning and direction into their lives so they will never again waste their time and mind in a prison, jail, or detention center.
This book addresses the major challenges facing ex-offenders as they re-enter the free world. It outlines a clear seven-step process for re-entry success:
▪ Changing attitudes and motivations ▪ Taking responsibility and building trust
▪ Developing a purpose in life ▪ Seeking assistance for life-long recovery
▪ Getting smarter through education ▪ Leaving a legacy as a good person
▪ Telling the truth about the new you
Highlights of this self-directed book include:
▪ a 146-item re-entry assessment test
▪ examples of making difficult choices
▪ examination of ex-offender mindsets
▪ recommended learning resources
▪ exercises for developing a purpose and legacy in life
▪ daily action-planning forms and activities
▪ a re-entry activity planning journal
▪ forms for budgeting and using support systems
▪ powerful quotes for guiding one’s life
Addressing the whole re-entry process from beginning to end, this book is “must” reading for anyone preparing to re-enter the free world. It’s also an ideal book for friends, loved ones, and supporters as well as those who are already on the outside but need better guidance on how they can jump-start their new life . . . and stay out for good!
"Written by veteran prison officer Chance Johnmeyer of New Hampshire, and Florida with contributions from several former inmates, Unlocked: Keys to Getting Out & Staying Out is an honest guide for those re-entering society. Combining compassion, experience, and practical advice, “Unlocked” talks straight about the challenges facing released inmates as they try to reestablish life on the outside. Filled with exercises, real-life suggestions, and a resource guide for Florida inmates, Unlocked is your pocket guide to embracing freedom and starting over--the right way."
Why is SWOP Behind Bars? There are more than 200,000 women currently behind bars in the U.S., and that number is on the rise. In fact, women are the fastest growing segment of the prison population in the country. The rate of incarceration for women has been growing nearly twice as fast as that of men since 1985, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and account for about 7% of the total prison population in the U.S. The fastest growing population behind bars is black women. Prostitution is one of the few crimes where women are arrested more frequently than men, but prostitution alone does not explain the growing numbers of Black, Latino, and trans-women behind bars. If we are going to make reforms to crimes based on morality, we need to consider laws that disproportionately affect women, such as the prohibition of sex work. Sex workers are often subject to the same “revolving door” punitive approach that people convicted of drug offenses receive; women do time, but never receive the resources, social, economic, and psychological support that would enable them to leave the industry if they choose. We don’t often consider that sex work can be an intentional choice. Whether or not it is a symptom of poor economic conditions or volition it is always considered inherently immoral.