Reintegration services for long-term dangerous offenders: a case study and discussion

Day, Andrew, Ward, Tony, and Shirley, Lyn (2011) Reintegration services for long-term dangerous offenders: a case study and discussion. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 50 (2). pp. 66-80.

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Abstract

Successfully reintegrating long-term prisoners back into the community often presents significant challenges for service providers. Ex-prisoners typically experience high levels of social stigma; present with multiple needs; and can struggle to find meaningful employment, stable accommodation, and to maintain supportive relationships. There have, however, been relatively few published evaluations of the outcomes achieved by postrelease services on managing the risk of reoffending and, as such, it is difficult for service providers to meet these multiple and complex levels of need in ways that might be considered to be evidence based. In this article we describe a specialized prerelease support, reentry, and reintegration service that is offered to long-term prisoners, many of whom have been legally labelled as "dangerous." The current model of service delivery is reviewed and discussed in the context of current theories of offender rehabilitation and reintegration. These are then used to discuss the way in which services for this group of offenders might best be conceptualized.

Item ID: 47704
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1540-8558
Keywords: long-term prisoners; offender reintegration; postrelease services; rehabilitation
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2017 04:31
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1602 Criminology > 160202 Correctional Theory, Offender Treatment and Rehabilitation @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940408 Rehabilitation and Correctional Services @ 100%
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