Should Offenders Be A Effective Transition Into Society?

1148 WordsSep 15, 20155 Pages
More than 700,000 offenders are released from state and federal prisons every year with over two-thirds returning to jail within three years of their release. Reentry programs are created to aid offenders that are incarcerated make an effective transition into society once they are released. Reentrance into ones community from a stay in jail or prison is a difficult transition for most offenders, not to mention for their family and even the community. There are many trials for these offender, such as being uneducated, therefore not able to find adequate employment, drug abuse, limited options for housing and mental health issues. (Prisoner Reentry Programs: Ensuring a Safe and Successful Return to the Community. (n.d.).) In the article Enhancing Offender Re-Entry, the article focuses on how the offender changes from being an active criminal to being a contributing member to society. (Serin, R., Lloyd, C., & Hanby, L. (2010)) What process does the offender go through to reenter society and how can our knowledge of this be expanded so we can make the transition more successful. The author believes that offenders with high risk scores in a risk assessment are more likely to become repeat offenders however additional factors must be thought of to increase our perception of reentry. Probation is an important factor when it comes to reentry, but due to the overwhelming caseload most probation officers have they can’t have a quality relationship with the offender, however this can
Open Document