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On the Outside: Prisoner Reentry and Reintegration
by David J. Harding, Jeffrey D. Morenoff and Jessica J. B. Wyse
University of Chicago Press, 2019
Cloth: 978-0-226-60750-4 | eISBN: 978-0-226-60778-8 | Paper: 978-0-226-60764-1
Library of Congress Classification HV9304.H265 2019
Dewey Decimal Classification 365.647

One of the Vera Institute of Justice’s Best Criminal Justice Books of 2019

America’s high incarceration rates are a well-known facet of contemporary political conversations. Mentioned far less often is what happens to the nearly 700,000 former prisoners who rejoin society each year. On the Outside examines the lives of twenty-two people—varied in race and gender but united by their time in the criminal justice system—as they pass out of the prison gates and back into the world. The book takes a clear-eyed look at the challenges faced by formerly incarcerated citizens as they try to find work, housing, and stable communities. Standing alongside these individual portraits is a quantitative study conducted by the authors that followed every state prisoner in Michigan who was released on parole in 2003 (roughly 11,000 individuals) for the next seven years, providing a comprehensive view of their postprison neighborhoods, families, employment, and contact with the parole system. On the Outside delivers a powerful combination of hard data and personal narrative that shows why our country continues to struggle with the social and economic reintegration of the formerly incarcerated.

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