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When Prisoners Come Home: Parole and Prisoner Reentry

Joan Petersilia


Every year, hundreds of thousands of jailed Americans leave prison and return to society. Largely uneducated, unskilled, often without family support, and with the stigma of a prison record hanging over them, many, if not most, will experience serious social and psychological problems after release. Fewer than one in three prisoners receive substance abuse or mental health treatment while incarcerated, and each year fewer and fewer participate in the dwindling number of vocational or educational pre-release programs, leaving many all but unemployable. Not surprisingly, the great majority is re ... More

Keywords: prison, society, release, pre-release programs, returning offenders, recidivism, citizenship, public safety, marginalization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195160864
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195160864.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joan Petersilia, author
University of California, Irvine