Looking Beyond the Prison Gate: New Directions in Prisoner Reentry

fis26_240x240The iron law of incarceration is that nearly all prisoners come back—to their families and communities. In FY 2006, over 14,500 prisoners were released from Wisconsin prisons. This means that the population returned to society last year was similar in size to Bayfield County, the city of Menomonie, or the combined student bodies of UW-Stevens Point and UW-Green Bay. After being behind bars an average of 10 years, many prisoners have difficulty with the most basic requirements of life outside prison, such as finding a steady job, locating housing, and reestablishing positive relationships with family and friends. Two national experts will discuss the latest evidence on how reentry policy can keep the public safe by better preparing prisoners for their inevitable return.

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Rethinking Prisoner Reentry: The Policy Implications of High Rates of Incarceration

by Jeremy Travis
President, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York

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What Science Says About Designing Effective Prisoner Reentry Programs

by Edward Latessa
Professor and Division Head, Division of Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati

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