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San Diego Nonprofit Coalition Helps Parolees Avoid Returning to Prisonnew

Called "Coming Home to Stay," the program touches on every possible aspect of a returning prisoner's life -- what it takes, step-by-step, to help someone successfully transition from prison to the outside world, from pre-release to post-release to several years out.
San Diego CityBeat  |  Kelly Davis  |  11-19-2008  |  Crime & Justice

What's Mass. Doing to Keep Former Prisoners from Returning to Jail?new

A 2002 study by the Massachusetts Sentencing Committee found recidivism rates had reached 49.1 percent. The Commission to End Homelessness estimated 16 percent of the 25,500 people released each year become homeless. Former prisoners must also navigate Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI), the state's rap sheet on anyone ensnared in the criminal justice system.
Dig Boston  |  Cara Bayles  |  05-15-2008  |  Crime & Justice

Do Sex Offender Registries Work?new

The term "sex offender" conjures a kind of monolithic image -- one that's reinforced by the news media and tough-on-crime politicians, despite evidence to the contrary. Misperception and fear, rather than good empirical research, seem to be what drives sex-offender laws. A case in point is a new law that takes effect this week in San Diego.
San Diego CityBeat  |  Kelly Davis  |  04-16-2008  |  Crime & Justice

Fun With Numbersnew

One of the most loaded statistics around, sex-offender recidivism rates, is also one of the most commonly misstated.
Metroland  |  Rick Marshall  |  06-16-2005  |  Media

Village Voice Writer Chronicles Woman's Life after Prisonnew

Released after 16 years in prison, Elaine Bartlett finds that the family she longed to rejoin has many troubles. Gonnerman describes the ex-convict's plight in writing that is plain and sometimes a bit dull, but this book has some remarkable sections and memorable moments.
Baltimore City Paper  |  Scott Carlson  |  08-07-2004  |  Nonfiction

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