skip navigation

Add your conference to our Justice Events calendar


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the NCJRS Abstracts Database. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.

  NCJ Number: NCJ 195173   Add to Shopping cart   Find in a Library
  Title: Drugs, Incarceration and Neighborhood Life: The Impact of Reintegrating Offenders into the Community
  Document URL: PDF 
  Author(s): Dina R. Rose ; Todd R. Clear ; Judith A. Ryder
  Corporate Author: John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice Ctr
United States of America
  Date Published: 2001
  Page Count: 226
  Annotation: This qualitative study investigated the aggregate impact of incarceration on the quality of community life in areas with high concentrations of resident incarceration.
  Abstract: As used in this study, "incarceration" refers to the two-pronged process of leaving the community to be incarcerated and then returning from prison to the community. The investigation of this dual-impact process involved a study of two Tallahassee, Florida neighborhoods that had been previously identified as having high rates of incarceration relative to other neighborhoods in the city. Interviews were conducted with over 30 local officials, community leaders, and social service providers to obtain information on the social, political, and economic context of the neighborhoods. Individual interviews and a series of four focus groups involved 39 people either living or working in the neighborhoods, 13 of whom were ex-offenders. The analyses identified four domains in which the dual impact of incarceration was felt in the community: stigma (negative social status); financial (adverse financial effects on offenders, their families, and the neighborhood as a whole); identity (loss of self-worth and self-esteem); and relationships (disruption of interpersonal relationships). The aggregate effect of these impacts is a reduction in the capacity of social supports for all concerned. To address these problems, this report offers 16 recommendations that constitute a comprehensive programmatic response to the problems that arise from high rates of incarceration concentrated in certain communities. Recommendations include targeting families of incarcerated offenders for an array of services, facilitating contact between families and incarcerated family members, providing services to children of inmates to help stabilize their living situation, and implementing comprehensive pre-release transition plans that address family needs. 52 references and appended expert interview topics, screening instrument, and focus group instruments
  Main Term(s): Corrections policies
  Index Term(s): Drug law offenses ; Effects of imprisonment ; Incarceration and Imprisonment ; Children of incarcerated offenders ; Social reintegration ; Families of Prisoners/Inmate Families ; Crime control policies ; NIJ final report ; Florida
  Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Grant Number: 99-CE-VX-0008
  Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice Ctr
445 W 59th Street
New York, NY 10019
United States of America
  Type: Report (Study/Research) ; Legislation/Policy Analysis
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
  Note: See NCJ-195164 for the Executive Summary
  To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.