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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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Introduction and Overview

Introduction and Overview

The Emerging Importance of Prisoner Reentry to Crime and Community

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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/9780195160864.003.0001

This book assembles and analyzes the relevant information pertaining to prisoner reentry: the systems, people, programs, and prospects for implementing a more effective and just system. This chapter summarizes the data and develops major themes and policy recommendations. No one believes that the current prison and parole system is working. Recent public opinion polls show an increasing dissatisfaction with the purely punitive approach to criminal justice. Data suggest that having to earn and demonstrate readiness for release and being supervised postprison may have some deterrent or rehabilitation benefits—particularly for the most dangerous offenders. Effective programs include therapeutic communities for drug addicts and substance abuse programs with aftercare for alcoholics and drug addicts; cognitive behavioral programs for sex offenders; and adult basic education, vocational education, and prison industries for the general prison population.

Keywords:   prisoner reentry, parole system, criminal justice, prison system, rehabilitation benefits, drug addicts, prison industries

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