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Convicted and condemned : the politics and policies of prisoner reentry

Author: Keesha Middlemass
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, [2017].
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"Felony convictions restrict social interactions and hinder felons' efforts to reintegrate into society. The educational and vocational training offered in many prisons are typically not recognized by accredited educational institutions as acceptable course work or by employers as valid work experience, making it difficult for recently-released prisoners to find jobs. Families often will not or cannot allow their  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Keesha Middlemass
ISBN: 9780814724392 0814724396 9780814770627 0814770622
OCLC Number: 1022976822
Description: xiii, 283 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Preface and acknowledgments --
Introduction: Felons are contemporary outlaws --
Felony conviction as social disability --
Unwelcome homecoming --
Denying access to public housing --
Education's failed promise --
Not working and unable to work --
Conclusion: Public hostility --
Methodological appendix --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index --
About the author.
Responsibility: Keesha M. Middlemass.

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"Felony convictions restrict social interactions and hinder felons' efforts to reintegrate into society. The educational and vocational training offered in many prisons are typically not recognized by accredited educational institutions as acceptable course work or by employers as valid work experience, making it difficult for recently-released prisoners to find jobs. Families often will not or cannot allow their formerly incarcerated relatives to live with them. In many states, those with felony convictions cannot receive financial aid for further education, vote in elections, receive welfare benefits, or live in public housing. In short, they are not treated as full citizens, and every year, hundreds of thousands of people released from prison are forced to live on the margins of society. This book explores the issue of prisoner reentry from the felons' perspective. It features the voices of formerly incarcerated felons as they attempt to reconnect with family, learn how to acclimate to society, try to secure housing, find a job, and complete a host of other important goals. By examining national housing, education and employment policies implemented at the state and local levels, Middlemass shows how the law challenges and undermines prisoner reentry and creates second-class citizens. Even if the criminal justice system never convicted another person of a felony, millions of women and men would still have to figure out how to reenter society, essentially on their own. This book explores how individuals, and society as a whole, suffer when a felony conviction exacts a punishment that never ends."

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The narrative in this important, impassioned book is strengthened by the voices of those stigmatizedmale and female, black and whiteseeking to find their footing in a hostile environment. * Choice * Read more...

 
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