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NCJ Number: 68051 Find in a Library
Title: SOCIAL SITUATION OF THE RELEASED PRISONER - PROBLEMS OF SOCIAL REINTEGRATION
Journal: ANNALES DE VAUCRESSON  Dated:SPECIAL NUMBER (JULY 1977)  Pages:143-155
Author(s): R BONAL
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 13
Sale Source: Surveillee
Centre de Formation et de
Recherche de L'education
54, Rue de Garches
Vaucresson,
France
Language: French
Country: France
Annotation: THE METHODS AND GENERAL RESULTS OF A SOCIOLOGICAL STUDY EXPLORING THE CONDITION OF RELEASED PRISONERS IN SPAIN ARE PRESENTED.
Abstract: THE STUDY IS BASED ON THE ANALYSIS OF PRISONER RECORDS BETWEEN 1973 AND 1975, FURNISHED BY THE GENERAL CORRECTIONAL ADMINISTRATION OF SPAIN. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE OFFENDERS' FAMILIES, POSTRELEASE EMPLOYERS, AND SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT (CRUCIAL FACTORS IN THE SUCCESSFUL REINTEGRATION OF THE RELEASED PRISONER) WAS COLLECTED BY MEANS OF NONSTRUCTURED INTERVIEWS WITH FAMILIES, EMPLOYERS, SOCIAL WORKERS, AND THE EX-PRISONERS THEMSELVES. RESULTS INDICATE THAT FAMILIES TENDED TO HIDE THE OFFENDERS' CRIMINAL PAST FROM DISTANT RELATIVES AND FRIENDS. THE SAME TENDENCY WAS DISCOVERED FOR EMPLOYERS WHO ALSO BELIEVED THAT A GENERAL KNOWLEDGE OF THE OFFENDERS' PAST WOULD MAKE SOCIAL REINTEGRATION MORE DIFFICULT. ALL EMPLOYERS HIRING RELEASED PRISONERS CLAIMED THAT THEY WERE MOTIVATED BY THE DESIRE TO HELP EX-OFFENDERS REINTEGRATE INTO SOCIETY. THE CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION APPEARS AS A DEHUMANIZING AND DESTABILIZING INFLUENCE WHICH UNBALANCES INMATES AND MAKES THEM UNABLE TO RESUME THEIR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES. OVERALL, THE MAIN HINDRANCES TO SOCIAL REINTEGRATION INCLUDE THE HARMFUL RESULTS OF PRISONIZATION, THE PRISONERS' SEPARATION FROM SOCIETY DURING THE PRISON TERM, THE INABILITY TO ADJUST TO THE FREE ENVIRONMENT, THE FEAR OF DISCLOSING THE PAST, AND THE DIFFICULTY OF FINDING EMPLOYMENT. NO SUPPORTING DATA OR REFERENCES ARE INCLUDED. --IN FRENCH.
Index Term(s): Ex-offender employment; Ex-offenders; Prisonization; Rehabilitation; Social reintegration; Spain
Note: PRESENTED AT THE INTERNATIONAL COLLOQUIUM, LYONS (FRANCE), JULY 29-31, 1977
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