When prisoners come home : parole and prisoner reentry / Joan Petersilia.

By: Petersilia, JoanMaterial type: TextTextSeries: Studies in crime and public policy: Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2003Description: viii, 278 p. : ill., map ; 25 cmISBN: 019516086X (cloth); 9780195160864 (cloth)Subject(s): Parole -- United States | Criminals -- Rehabilitation -- United StatesDDC classification: 364.8/0973 LOC classification: HV9304 | .P464 2003Other classification: 86.44 | 79.20
Contents:
Introduction and overview : the emerging importance of prisoner reentry to crime and community -- Who's coming home? : a profile of returning prisoners -- The origins and evolution of modern parole -- The changing nature of parole supervision and services -- How we help : preparing inmates for release -- How we hinder : legal and practical barriers to reintegration -- Revolving door justice : inmate release and recidivism -- The victim's role in prisoner reentry -- What to do? : reforming parole and reentry practices -- Conclusions : when punitive policies backfire.
Review: "Drawing on dozens of interviews with inmates, former prisoners, and prison officials, Joan Petersilia convincingly shows us how the current system is failing, and failing badly. Unwilling merely to sound the alarm, Petersilia explores the harsh realities of prisoner reentry and offers specific solutions to prepare inmates for release, reduce recidivism, and restore them to full citizenship, while never losing sight of the demands of public safety."--BOOK JACKET.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 249-268) and index.

Introduction and overview : the emerging importance of prisoner reentry to crime and community -- Who's coming home? : a profile of returning prisoners -- The origins and evolution of modern parole -- The changing nature of parole supervision and services -- How we help : preparing inmates for release -- How we hinder : legal and practical barriers to reintegration -- Revolving door justice : inmate release and recidivism -- The victim's role in prisoner reentry -- What to do? : reforming parole and reentry practices -- Conclusions : when punitive policies backfire.

"Drawing on dozens of interviews with inmates, former prisoners, and prison officials, Joan Petersilia convincingly shows us how the current system is failing, and failing badly. Unwilling merely to sound the alarm, Petersilia explores the harsh realities of prisoner reentry and offers specific solutions to prepare inmates for release, reduce recidivism, and restore them to full citizenship, while never losing sight of the demands of public safety."--BOOK JACKET.

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CHOICE Review

Nationally recognized criminology scholar Petersilia (Univ. of California, Irvine) has provided a benchmark text portraying the pressing societal and criminal justice policy crisis of a record number of prisoners returning to communities. Providing a comprehensive depiction of the problems inmates encounter inside and outside the correctional system, the author enables readers to compare the current correctional situation with Daniel Glaser's landmark study, The Effectiveness of a Prison and Parole System (1964). Since prisons do not attract sustained citizen attention, Petersilia begins by stating the problems and issues associated with requirements to reform specific practices, then profiles prisoners returning to communities. The following two chapters outline the creation of parole practices and abandonment as a release process from prison, while retaining surveillance aspects of supervision. The emphasis in the community is on supervision, not services. Petersilia describes the lack of release preparation in prison, obstacles to inmate reintegration into a law-abiding life in the community, and return to crime. The relevance of victims in this process is not forgotten. Drawing on existing successful programs, remaining chapters provide an authentic plan for necessary changes in the reintegration of inmates in the community. The conclusion points out correctional policy failures and future outcomes. Excellent bibliography. A must-read for every American. ^BSumming Up: Essential. All libraries. J. H. Larson University of North Dakota

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Joan Petersilia is Professor of Criminology at the University of California, Irvine. The author of numerous books and a former president of the American Society of Criminology, she is a consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice and to many state and local agencies

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