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The second chance club : hardship and hope after prison

Author: Jason Matthew Hardy
Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, 2020. ©2020
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Simon & Schuster hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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"A former parole officer shines a bright light on a huge yet hidden part of our justice system through the intertwining stories of seven parolees striving to survive the chaos that awaits them after prison in this illuminating and dramatic book"--
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hardy, Jason Matthew.
The second chance club
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2020.
(DLC) 2019035156
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jason Matthew Hardy
ISBN: 9781982128593 1982128593 9781982128609 1982128607
OCLC Number: 1119059346
Description: xv, 271 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Need. Emergency ; A max case ; The idea ; Ride or die ; Addicted to the lifestyle ; Homebody ; Institutionalized --
Risk. Ninety-day turnaround ; The whole person ; The descendants of masters ; A product of hazard ; Removed from circulation ; Best of the worst --
Harm reduction. The wait ; Adaptable ; Off the dole ; Constraints of time and place --
Epilogue.
Other Titles: Hardship and hope after prison
Responsibility: Jason Hardy.

Abstract:

"A former parole officer shines a bright light on a huge yet hidden part of our justice system through the intertwining stories of seven parolees striving to survive the chaos that awaits them after prison in this illuminating and dramatic book"--

A former parole officer shines a bright light on a huge yet hidden part of our justice system through the intertwining stories of seven parolees striving to survive the chaos that awaits them after prison in this illuminating and dramatic book. Prompted by a dead-end retail job and a vague desire to increase the amount of justice in his hometown, Jason Hardy became a parole officer in New Orleans at the worst possible moment. Louisiana’s incarceration rates were the highest in the US and his department’s caseload had just been increased to 220 “offenders” per parole officer, whereas the national average is around 100. Almost immediately, he discovered that the biggest problem with our prison system is what we do—and don’t do—when people get out of prison. Deprived of social support and jobs, these former convicts are often worse off than when they first entered prison and Hardy dramatizes their dilemmas with empathy and grace. He’s given unique access to their lives and a growing recognition of their struggles and takes on his job with the hope that he can change people’s fates—but he quickly learns otherwise. The best Hardy and his colleagues can do is watch out for impending disaster and help clean up the mess left behind. But he finds that some of his charges can muster the miraculous power to save themselves. By following these heroes, he both stokes our hope and fuels our outrage by showing us how most offenders, even those with the best intentions, end up back in prison—or dead—because the system systematically fails them. Our focus should be, he argues, to give offenders the tools they need to re-enter society which is not only humane but also vastly cheaper for taxpayers. As immersive and dramatic as Evicted and as revelatory as The New Jim Crow, The Second Chance Club shows us how to solve the cruelest problems prisons create for offenders and society at large. -- Provided by publisher.

Hardy, a former parole officer, shines a bright light on a huge yet hidden part of our justice system: life on parole. Through the intertwining stories of seven parolees striving to survive the chaos that awaits them after prison, he stokes our outrage at the status quo and our hope that better approaches are within out grasp. -- adapted from jacket

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