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NCJ Number: 65803 Find in a Library
Title: AFTER PRISON - A STUDY OF THE POST-RELEASE EXPERIENCES OF DISCHARGED PRISONERS
Author(s): J CORDEN; J KUIPERS; K WILSON
Corporate Author: University of York
Dept of Social Admin and Social Work
CDP Unit
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 93
Sponsoring Agency: Great Britain Home Office
London, SW1H 9AT, England
University of York
Heslington, York Y01 5DD, England
Publication Number: 21
Sale Source: University of York
Dept of Social Admin and Social Work
CDP Unit
Heslington, York Y01 5DD,
United Kingdom
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: INTERVIEWS WITH 107 MEN RELEASED FROM ENGLISH PRISONS BETWEEN SEPTEMBER AND DECEMBER 1976 SHOW THAT THE MOST ISOLATED ARE RELUCTANT TO SEEK AFTERCARE SERVICES TO WHICH THEY ARE ENTITLED AND HAVE MANY UNMET NEEDS.
Abstract: THE MEN WERE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE TOTAL POPULATION OF RECENTLY RELEASED OFFENDERS. THE SUBJECTS WERE DIVIDED INTO THOSE WITH RELATIVELY STRONG INFORMAL NETWORKS (45.8 PERCENT), THOSE WITH TENOUS OR ALMOST COMPLETELY ABSENT INFORMAL NETWORKS (27.1 PERCENT), AND THOSE IN THE MIDDLE (27.1 PERCENT). INTERVIEWS WERE CONDUCTED JUST BEFORE 1 AND 3 MONTHS AFTER RELEASE. THOSE MEN WHO HAD THE STRONGEST INFORMAL NETWORKS WERE MORE LIKELY TO KNOW ABOUT THE AFTERCARE SERVICE AND TO EITHER PLAN TO USE IT. THOSE WITH WEAK NETWORKS HAD LITTLE KNOWLEDGE OF THE SERVICE OR THE HOUSING AND CASH ASSISTANCE BENEFITS TO WHICH THEY WERE ENTITLED. THESE MEN WERE MOST LIKELY TO BE HOMELESS OR IN SUBSTANDARD HOUSING, TO BE OUT OF WORK, AND TO HAVE POOR ADJUSTMENT TO SOCIETY. THUS, THE AFTERCARE SERVICE SHOULD MAKE MORE OF AN EFFORT TO EDUCATE OFFENDERS BEFORE RELEASE. GREATER USE SHOULD BE MADE OF THE PRERELEASE INTERVIEW TO IDENTIFY THOSE WHO MIGHT NEED EXTRA CARE. THE CASH ALLOWANCE AVAILABLE TO THOSE RELEASED ON SATURDAY SHOULD BE EXTENDED TO THOSE RELEASED ON OTHER DAYS BECAUSE THE EXOFFENDER FINDS IT HARD TO GET MONEY OR A JOB AND THE PROCESSING OF WELFARE PAYMENTS TAKES TIME. THE HOUSING PROGRAM ALSO NEEDS TO BE EXPANDED. A DETAILED DISCUSSION ACCOMPANIES EACH RECOMMENDATION. NUMEROUS CHARTS, TABLES, AND FOOTNOTES ARE INCLUDED, AND THE STUDY'S METHODOLOGY IS APPENDED.
Index Term(s): Alienation; Case studies; England; Ex-offenders; Ex-offenders rights; Personality assessment; Post-release programs; Socially challenged
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