The Process of Offender Reintegration: Perceptions of what Helps Prisoners Reenter Society
Crime, desistance, prisoner reentry, prisoner reintegration, recidivism
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.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Davis, Celeste Marie; Bahr, Stephen J.; and Ward, Carol, "The Process of Offender Reintegration: Perceptions of what Helps Prisoners Reenter Society" (2012). All Faculty Publications. 2819.
Criminology & Criminal Justice
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
© The Author(s) 2012