Releasing prisoners, redeeming communities : reentry, race, and politics / Anthony C. Thompson.
By: Thompson, Anthony C.Material type: TextPublisher: New York, NY : New York University Press, c2008Description: ix, 262 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780814783030 (cloth : alk. paper); 0814783031 (cloth : alk. paper); 081478321X (pbk.); 9780814783214 (pbk.).Subject(s): Ex-convicts -- United States | Criminals -- Rehabilitation -- United States | Minorities -- United States -- Social conditions | Prisoners -- Deinstitutionalization -- United StatesDDC classification: 365/.6470973
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 189-241) and index.
Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- 1: Reentry, race, and stigma -- 2: Media influence on public perceptions of prison life -- 3: Women: the afterthought in reentry planning -- 4: Reentry and housing -- 5: Reentry and health care -- 6: Reentry and unemployment -- 7: Reentry and the political process -- 8: Reentry and parole -- 9: Reentry courts -- Conclusion -- Notes -- Index -- About the author.
Synopsis: In the middle of the first decade of the twenty-first century, African Americans made up approximately twelve percent of the United States population but close to forty percent of the United States prison population. Now, in the latter half of the decade, the nation is in the midst of the largest multi-year discharge of prisoners in its history. In Releasing Prisoners, Redeeming Communities, Anthony C. Thompson discusses what is likely to happen to these ex-offenders and why. For Thompson, any discussion of ex-offender reentry is, de facto, a question of race. After laying out the statistics, he identifies the ways in which media and politics have contributed to the problem, especially through stereotyping and racial bias. Well aware of the potential consequences if this country fails to act, Thompson offers concrete, realizable ideas of how our policies could, and should, change.