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29 p.

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Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice

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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.


Published version. Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice & Criminology, Vol. 2, No. 1 (April 2014): 39-67. Publisher Link. © 2014 Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice. Used with permission.

Denney, Andrew S., Tewksbury, Richard, and Jones, Richard S.. 2014. Beyond Basic Needs: Social Support and Structure for Successful Offender Reentry. Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice & Criminology, Volume 2, 39-67. Retrieved online at this link.