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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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How We Hinder

How We Hinder

Legal and Practical Barriers to Reintegration

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(p.105) SixHow We Hinder
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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/9780195160864.003.0006

This chapter discusses the growing number of citizens who have criminal records and the ways in which those records are increasingly being openly shared with the public. It also reviews the evidence on how a criminal record affects an offender's right to vote, qualify for public assistance, find work, or retain his parental rights. The restrictions on employment and housing create formidable obstacles to law-abidingness. One has to question whether we are jeopardizing public safety by making it so difficult for released prisoners to succeed.

Keywords:   criminal records, parental rights, right to vote, public assistance, convicted felons, released prisoners

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