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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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Who’s Coming Home?

Who’s Coming Home?

A Profile of Returning Prisoners

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(p.21) Two Who’s Coming Home?
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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/9780195160864.003.0002

This chapter provides a profile of returning prisoners and presents data on the demographic and crime profiles of returning prisoners. It discusses race and gender, literacy and education, physical and mental illness, marital and parenting relationships, and substance abuse. Ex-prisoners are still mostly male, minority, and unskilled—yet in each of these areas, there are trends that signal significant changes. Today's inmate is likely to have been in custody several times before, has a lengthy history of alcohol and drug abuse, is more likely to be involved in gang activities and drug dealing, has probably experienced significant periods of unemployment and homelessness, and may have a physical or mental disability. Most of them have young children, with whom they hope to reunite after release, although in most cases, their children will have infrequently visited them during their incarceration.

Keywords:   returning prisoners, crime profiles, mental illness, substance abuse, ex-prisoners, drug dealing, gang activity

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