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Prisoner Reentry and Social Capital : The Long Road to Reintegration

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Based on interviews with 25 men and women who were recently released from prison, this book explores the re-entry process and the barriers that lead to failed re-entry and a return to prison. Unique to Prisoner Re-entry and Social Capital, Earl Smith and Angela J. Hattery explore the role that social capital plays in successful re-entry as well the unique experiences of drug addicts, sex offenders, and women who give birth while incarcerated.show more

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  • Paperback | 166 pages
  • 149.86 x 223.52 x 15.24mm | 249.47g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739143891
  • 9780739143896
  • 2,113,340

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As an African American man who spent nearly 19 years in prison for a crime I did not commit, Hattery and Smith's book resonates powerfully with me. Their focus on the struggles that men and women coming home from prison face as they attempt to rebuild their lives is very important. Based on interviews with the men and women enrolled in the "Homecoming Program" of the Darryl Hunt Project for Freedom and Justice, Hattery and Smith's analysis goes beyond the usual discussion of securing a job and stable housing and focuses on the process of rebuilding relationships and reconnecting with family, both of which are critical to successful reentry. They highlight the struggles faced by women who give birth while incarcerated as well as the special case of wrongful conviction and incarceration. Their policy recommendations seek to strengthen the work of reentry programs and the lifting of social welfare bans that block reentry. -- Darryl Hunt, 152nd exonoree, founder of the Darryl Hunt Project of Freedom and Justice 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 Correctionsshow more

About Angela J. Hattery

Earl Smith is professor of sociology and the Rubin Distinguished Professor of American Ethnic Studies at Wake Forest University Angela J. Hattery is professor of sociology at Wake Forest University.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Chapter One: Introduction to the issue: Who are Re-entry felons and why does this matter? Chapter 2 Chapter Two: Barriers to Re-Entry and Increased Recidivism Chapter 3 Chapter Three: The role of addiction Chapter 4 Chapter Four: The role of sexual abuse in childhood Chapter 5 Chapter Five: The special case of women Chapter 6 Chapter Six: The impact of Social Capital on Re-entry Chapter 7 Chapter Seven: The special case of exonerees Chapter 8 Chapter Eight: Where do we go from here? Policy Implicationsshow more

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