Offender Reentry and Community Response: The Ex-Prisoner's Dilemma

Andrea M. Leverentz, University of Chicago

This paper describes a study of recently released prison inmates and their reentry into the community. This study will problematize the assumption that "criminal" is an offender's master status, and that it is equally relevant in all situations and all relationships. It will build on the work of Irwin (1970) and Maruna (2001) by adding the perspective of the offender's community (both geographically and network-based), and exploring where and how the perspectives of the offender and his community correspond or differ and how that impacts an offender's attempts at reintegration. I first provide a theoretical and empirical background to structure the present study and then describe the methodology of this project.

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