Prisoner Reentry and Community Policing: Can Police and Former Felons Find Common Ground?

Alan Mobley, Visions for Prisons

The paper will look at the lived realities of former prisoners and their relations with law enforcement, particularly those agencies espousing principles of community policing. The paraoxical nature of relations between former prisoners--persons usually listed among "the usual suspects"--and their supposed "protectors" will be investigated. The paper will conclude with suggestions for smoother relationships between individuals on opposing sides of the "thin blue line." Methodologies will consist of ethnographic fieldwork, focus groups, and a review of the relevant literatures.

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