The Importance of Family for Ex-Prisoners Reintegration to Society

569 WordsJan 31, 20182 Pages
Research has shown “strong empirical evidence that the family of retuning prisoners has a significant impact on post release success or failure” (Naser & Visher, 2006, p.21). Additionally, “most former prisoners, [believe that] relationships with family members are critical to successful reintegration” (Naser & Visher, 2006, p. 20). However, many ex-prisoners have eroded family relationships that have been caused by incarceration or prior family issues before being incarcerated. Thus, ex-prisoners without family support may have greater challenges compared to ex-offenders who have family support. Therefore, considering G’s history of drug abuse and her lack of family support will significantly impede her chances for successful reintegration. Hence, an alternative approach must be taken to assist G’s reentry into the community. Despite the fact that Rowe (2012) claims, evidence suggests family-based models are “the most effective approaches for treating both adults and adolescents with drug use problems” a family based model may not be appropriate for G, considering the fact that she does not get along with her family and her mother does not believe that she was sexually abused by her step-father (p. 59). Therefore, trying to reunite the family may actually be detrimental since her mother may continue to claim that G is lying about being sexually abuse, resulting in the possibility that G might relapse and use drugs to cope with her issues. Thus, recommending G into a
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