This text explores the challenges that convicted offenders face over the course of the rehabilitation, reentry, and reintegration process. Using an integrated, theoretical approach, each chapter is devoted to a corrections topic and incorporates original evidence-based concepts, research, and policy from experts in the field, and examines how correctional practices are being managed. Students are exposed to examples of both the successful attempts and the failures to reintegrate prisoners into the community, and they will be encouraged to consider how they can help influence future policy decisions as practitioners in the field.

Barriers to Reintegration

Barriers to reintegration

This chapter addresses challenges ex-prisoners face as they attempt to reintegrate into the community. These challenges include personal, interpersonal, and structural barriers to successful reentry. The chapter begins with a brief discussion of individual and contextual characteristics that may shape prisoners' experiences and how others respond to them. The second section explores a few of the primary structural barriers, such as employment and housing restrictions. The next section addresses personal and interpersonal concerns that ex-prisoners often must face in addition to these structural constraints. In the final section, policy implications are discussed to help reduce these barriers.

Individual and Neighborhood Characteristics

An initial barrier for all returning prisoners is the label “convicted felon.” Those who were convicted of a felony in Florida ...

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