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NCJ Number: 249618 Find in a Library
Title: Community Reintegration Among Prisoners With Child Support Obligations: An Examination of Debt, Needs, and Service Receipt
Journal: Criminal Justice Policy Review  Dated:October 2015
Author(s): C. G. Roman; N. W. Link
Date Published: October 2015
Page Count: 0
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2012-IJ-CX-0012
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Study/Research); Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Reflecting emerging work on the role of fatherhood in prisoner reentry, this study focused on the financial obligations that connect fathers to their families in reentry.
Abstract: Specifically, this study provides a descriptive picture of soon-to-be-released male State prisoners with child support obligations, using a multi-state, longitudinal dataset; and it examined whether characteristics of incarcerated men with child support orders and associated debt were significantly different from incarcerated males without child support orders. The study also analyzed whether males attached to comprehensive reentry programs received more services related to their debt obligation after prison release compared with non-program participants. Findings show that although prisoners reported having substantial needs vis-à-vis child support obligations, few reported receiving assistance related to these needs upon release; however, reentry program participants received significantly more child support–related services than non-program participants. Implications for community services and support for returning prisoners with child support orders and related needs are discussed. (Publisher abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Corrections policies
Index Term(s): child support payments; Family support; Male offenders; NIJ grant-related documents; NIJ Resources; Parole; Parole casework; Parole supervision; Parolees; Probation or parole agencies; Probation or parole services; Reentry
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