Academic Publications

Rethinking Prisoner Reentry

By
Annelies Goger, David J. Harding, Howard Henderson

Summary

This article provides recommendations for enhancing the transition from prison to society, focusing on increasing independence, reducing racial disparities, and achieving public safety for formerly incarcerated individuals.

Key Takeaways

  • The authors recommend reducing the impact of criminal record stigma, enhancing pre-release services, improving employment prospects, and reforming parole supervision.
  • They advocate for a shift in mentality from ongoing punishment to rehabilitation and reintegration.  
  • Policy changes are needed across multiple domains like housing, education, employment, health, and political rights.
  •  Continuity of services from prison to the community is important for successful reentry.
  • Research is still needed on the impacts of the pandemic, stigma, parole officers, and occupational barriers.