Female Ex-Offenders in East St. Louis, Illinois, Transitioning From Prison to the Community

Darla D. Hernandez, University at Albany

Female ex-offenders with children face many obstacles when making the transition from prison back to the community. This study examines how female ex-offenders with children re-integrate back into the community in the metro-east region of Southwestern Illinois (East St. Louis). Using a qualitative methodological design enables the female ex-offenders in this sample to describe how they negotiate their daily lives after incarceration. More specifically, the paper discusses how the female ex-offenders with children in this sample, describe their experiences re-integrating back into the community, their experiences and future outlook concerning the labor market and their parenting experiences.

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