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Laird, Kaleigh B. Ex-Offender Reentry: An Analysis of Current Policies and Programs.
Master of Science (Criminal Justice), December 2017, 77 pp., 2 tables, references, 106 titles.
Recidivism rates among ex-offender populations have consistently remained high. With
over 600,000 ex-offenders being released from prison each year, reducing the rate of recidivism
among the ex-offender class has become a highly debated issue. Ensuring ex-offenders
successfully reintegrate into the community post-incarceration may help to reduce recidivism
rates. Through a qualitative thematic analysis, this study examined various policies and program
that may impact recidivism rates among ex-offenders. The policies and programs reviewed in
this study were categorized among six main themes which were identified in prior literature as
the most crucial elements needed for successful reintegration. The findings indicate that while
many policy changes have been made to positively impact ex-offender reintegration by allowing
initial access to services post-release from prison, more should be done to ensure ex-offenders
actually receive needed services.
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Laird, Kaleigh B. Ex-Offender Reentry: An Analysis of Current Policies and Programs, thesis, December 2017; Denton, Texas. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1062800/m1/2/: accessed March 23, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .