Format of Original
Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice
Journal of Quantitative Criminal Justice & Criminology
Barriers to successful reentry have long been identified as impeding an offender’s ability to successfully reenter society upon release from incarceration. As a result, research has long examined what shared obstacles the majority of offenders often face upon reentering society. Much of the research identifies factors such as poor education, obtaining/maintaining employment, stable housing, and transportation as common barriers to successful reentry. By using in-depth interviews with ex-offenders deemed as successful that were conducted by two respective non-profit agencies, the present study explores what significant requirements, if any, successful offenders perceive to need and/or have experienced as lacking while attempting to successfully reenter society. Findings from this study highlight that many of the research- identified needs are not major barriers because they are often provided for by various non-profit agencies. Furthermore, successful ex-offenders overwhelmingly identify poor social support as a major barrier that oftentimes remains neglected in government and non-profit organizational programming.
Denney, Andrew S.; Tewksbury, Richard; and Jones, Richard S., "Beyond Basic Needs: Social Support and Structure for Successful Offender Reentry" (2014). Social and Cultural Sciences Faculty Research and Publications. 96.