Assessing Public Support for Rentry Courts

Holly Atkins, University of Cincinnati
Shannon A. Santana, University of Cincinnati

Transitioning offenders from prison into the community is one of the most important issues facing corrections professionals. Recently, funding was put aside by the Department of Justice for the Offender Reentry Program that will combine surveillance, sanctions, and support services in ways that afford increased protection to communities that experience unusually high returns of inmates. This new OJP initiative, which creates partnerships between law enforcement and community leaders, will prepare communities for the more successful return of offenders. In addition, the initiative will fund reentry courts where ex-inmates would appear regularly before judges to review their progress. With as many as 500,000 individuals leaving prison annually, it becomes imperative to investigate the receptiveness of these communities to this reentry initiative. This study surveyed citizens to measure their opinions on reentry programs.

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Updated 05/20/2006