Title

The Process of Offender Reintegration: Perceptions of what Helps Prisoners Reenter Society

Keywords

Crime, desistance, prisoner reentry, prisoner reintegration, recidivism

Abstract

Qualitative data from16 offenders were analyzed to understand the process of reintegration from their perspective. The offenders identified six factors that they felt influenced their ability to reintegrate and desist from crime: (1) substance abuse; (2) employment; (3) family support; (4) types of friends; (5) personal motivation to change; and (6) age. A large majority indicated that drug abuse was a major contributor to their criminal activities. Most said supports from family, friends, and treatment services were important for successful reintegration. Those who were successful tended to have both a personal desire to change and a support system that helped them reintegrate and desist from drug use and crime. Support had more impact among those who desired to change and those who received support were more likely to perceive that change is possible.

Original Publication Citation

The Process of Offender Reintegration: Perceptions of What Helps Prisoners Reenter Society, Davis, Celeste, Steve Bahr and Carol Ward, Criminology & Criminal Justice, 2012.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2012-08-13

Publisher

Criminology & Criminal Justice

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Sociology

University Standing at Time of Publication

Associate Professor

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