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When Prisoners Come HomeParole and Prisoner Reentry$
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Joan Petersilia

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195160864

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195160864.001.0001

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Transformation in Prisoner

Transformation in Prisoner

What a Difference a Decade Makes

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(p.249) New Afterword Transformation in Prisoner
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When Prisoners Come Home
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Joan Petersilia

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195160864.003.0011

This chapter expresses a cautious optimism that the focus on parole and prisoner reentry is here to stay and that reentry will serve as the major conceptual framework for organizing criminal justice policy for many years to come. There are also substantial challenges ahead. Most significant in this regard are the rising crime rate and the slowing of the U.S. economy. Either or both of these factors could derail reentry progress. The discussion suggests continued advances in parole and prisoner reentry not only because it will be good for prisoners returning home, but because it will ultimately be good for their children, their neighbors, and the community at large. Given the increasing magnitude of the expected prison exodus over the next decade, focusing on prisoner reintegration may be the best hope for keeping crime rates down as nearly 700,000 inmates a year leave prison to return home.

Keywords:   criminal justice policy, U.S. economy, rising crime rate, reentry movement, prisoner reintegration, prisoner reentry, parole

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