Offender Reentry Programs

Offender reentry programs are designed to enhance offenders’ transition from prison to the community. Offender reentry programs also address released offenders’ needs with regard to social and job skills, education, and health, mental health, and substance abuse issues. The ultimate goal of offender reentry programs is the reintegration of offenders back into the community, the reduction of recidivism and victimization, and the restoration of justice to the communities and victims. Offender reentry programs also provide opportunities for the surveillance of released offenders as they adjust back to life in the community, including the monitoring of their behavior and/or activities. For instance, some states use GPS (Global Positioning System) surveillance to monitor ex-offenders, especially sex offenders, in the community. Government agencies, individuals, and corporations have been ...

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