Problem Solving Approaches to the Issue of Inmate Re-Entry

Kathleen Olivares, Indiana University and Hudson Institute
Edmund F. McGarrell, Indiana University and Hudson Institute

One of the bi-products of the growth of the nation's prison population is the increasing number of inmates being returned to the community. Historically former inmates have experienced high rates of recidivism thus generating a threat to public safety and imposing costs as former inmates continue to be entangled in the criminal justice system. This paper presents findings from a study of a problem solving approach to the issue of inmate re-entry. Corrections officials, service providers, and community groups in Indianapolis have begun to study problems associated with inmate re-entry, craft transitional services, and assess the impact of these services. Data are presented on the general profile of inmates returning to the community and on the perceived barriers to successful transition. The pilot re-entry projects are described and initial findings on the impact of these efforts are presented.

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