Publisher: Lexington Books
Number of pages: 166
Weight: 431 g
Dimensions: 241 x 162 x 17 mm
Prisoner Reentry and Social Capital is an outstanding look at the workings of race, gender, and disadvantage in recidivism. Perhaps the most significant contribution of this work is the voice it provides for men and women returning home from prison. Smith and Hattery masterfully use the words of reentry felons in sketching the myriad of complexities (personal and structural) in creating a new life after prison. By bringing attention to how these vulnerable populations navigate their prickly support networks in efforts to find stable employment, housing, and overcome addictions, we gain a deeper appreciation of barriers to reentry. In addition to portraying the challenges of reentry, this work also illuminates how those returning home use social capital to successfully maneuver the 'free world.' This is an important work for anyone interested in prison reentry. -- John Eason, Arizona State University
Smith and Hattery's book on prisoner re-entry and social capital is of societal-wide interest to criminologists, policymakers, prisoners and their families, community workers, and just ordinary folk who want a better understanding of the problem of revolving-door criminality. The authors discuss the practical matters that can serve as barriers to, as well as avenues for, change to a healthy and socially productive life for former convicts and their communities. With social capital-employment, housing, support networks, supervision, drug and sexual offense rehab-we can greatly reduce the expense and tragedy of recurring crime. Smith and Hattery offer a unique examination, through a series of revealing interviews with ex-prisoners shored up by inarguable data analysis and an historical background of failed policies, of a wasteful but imminently fixable social problem. -- Bonnie Berry, Social Problems Research Group
In this empirical report, Angela Hattery and Earl Smith, both from Wake Forest University, report on interviews they conducted in the summer of 2008 with 25 men and women recently released from incarceration in North Carolina. In this study, they focus on 'the colossal barriers to reentry.' Many of the findings reported herein are not surprising. They confirm previous studies, for example, that both employment and housing are key factors in successful reentry. But this report emphasizes the role of "social capital" for successful reentry. * Journal of Community Corrections *
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