An Examination of Community Defined Assets and Deficits in High Incarceration Neighborhoods

Johnna Christian, Rutgers University

In both the research and policy arenas, there is increasing attention to the role of community social capital in the process of successful prisoner reentry. Based on interviews with community representatives in two high incarceration neighborhoods in New York, this paper will examine how they frame community assets and deficits regarding social capital development. A discussion of the primary stumbling blocks to social capital generation in high incarceration neighborhoods will be discussed with the potential implications for successful prisoner reentry strategies.

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