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NCJ Number: 222565 Find in a Library
Title: Closing the Legal Services Gap in Prisoner Reentry Programs
Journal: Criminal Justice Studies: A Critical Journal of Crime, Law and Society  Volume:21  Issue:1  Dated:March 2008  Pages:15-25
Author(s): Jessica S. Henry
Date Published: March 2008
Page Count: 11
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper examines the data surrounding the availability of legal services at major prisoner reentry initiatives.
Abstract: Reentry models must begin to assess how they can meet the legal needs of returning individuals. On possible way is to create partnerships with existing legal service institutions. In addition, partnerships could be forged between public defender offices and prisoner reentry programs. The existence of this type of entrenched relationship is that it would allow for the seamless provision of legal services to individuals who seek to reenter society. The high volume of people returning to their communities upon release from prison has caused Federal, State, and local governmental institutions to begin to reformulate their approach to prisoner reentry. Reentry programs primarily have concentrated their efforts in the provision of services relating to employment, housing, mental and physical health issues, and substance addiction. However, the data suggests that consistent access to legal assistance does not fall within the full array of services provided by reentry initiatives. The failure to include legal services in reentry projects may be an omission that fundamentally undermines the effectiveness of existing reentry models. This paper examines the data from major reentry initiatives to determine whether the legal needs of formerly incarcerated individuals are being met. Table, notes, and references
Main Term(s): Social reintegration
Index Term(s): Adjustment to parole; Barriers to ex-offender employment; Ex-offenders; Post-release programs; Rehabilitation
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