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  NCJ Number: NCJ 226812   Add to Shopping cart   Find in a Library
  Title: From Prison to Home: Women's Pathways In and Out of Crime
  Document URL: PDF 
  Author(s): Jennifer E. Cobbina Ph.D.
  Date Published: 04/2009
  Page Count: 243
  Annotation: Drawing on primary indepth and survey interviews as well as official records, this study examined the reentry experiences of a matched sample of Black and White women (n=50) residing in metropolitan St. Louis, MO, after their release from prison, with attention to postrelease challenges, strategies for reintegrating into the community, reasons for reoffending, and the motivators and methods used to desist from crime.
  Abstract: Common reentry challenges experienced by the women were finding housing and jobs, as well as obtaining access to health care and drug treatment. Many Black women parolees reported that their families helped them to make the transition from prison to the community; and some of the women, both Black and White, indicated that finding employment was crucial in their successful reintegration efforts. The majority of paroled women who successfully reintegrated into the community noted the importance of having access to resources and support services, regardless of race. Many of these women cited the emotional support and resource referrals of their parole officers as critically important for their successful postrelease transition. The multiple challenges of parole and transition into the community, however, left both Black and White women feeling stressed and overwhelmed by the difficulties they faced. The absence of support systems or the existence of negative support systems, as well as unsupportive parole officers compounded their difficulties. Drug dependence was a major cause of reoffending for both Black and White women. Although most had received some type of substance abuse treatment in their lifetimes, it had not enabled them to overcome their drug addiction. Reasons for desisting from crime included not wanting to return to prison, reuniting with their children, and developing more positive social interactions and resources for a law-abiding lifestyle. Recommendations pertain to treatment access, increasing positive social support, and improving economic conditions. 3 tables, 3 figures, 261 references, and appended survey questionnaire
  Main Term(s): Corrections effectiveness
  Index Term(s): Female offenders ; Probation or parole services ; Recidivism ; Black/African Americans ; Parolees ; Caucasian/White Americans ; Probation or parole officers ; Comparative analysis ; Female inmates ; Post-release programs ; Parole casework ; Parole effectiveness ; Adjustment to parole ; Recidivism causes ; NIJ final report ; Reentry
  Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Grant Number: 2008-IJ-CX-0005
  Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
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  Type: Report (Study/Research)
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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