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Marissa Sulmeisters

Abstract

Recidivism is a prominent issue in the criminal justice system today as it leads to an increase in incarcerated populations and increased prison expenses. This thesis details a case study regarding reentry resources available to returning citizens and their influence on recidivism (returning to prison) likelihood among people released from prison. It explores existing research on recidivism, describes the interviews conducted by the researcher, discusses the implications of this research, and suggests further avenues for research and exploration to better inform policies and future actions regarding reentry resources. Ultimately, this thesis concludes that the most useful resources for returning citizens include resources directed towards meeting basic needs like food, clothing, and transportation, housing resources, support/mentorship groups, family support, and employment organizations. Following further research to strengthen or contradict the results of this paper, future funding and resources should be allocated to these areas which have been listed as most useful for successful reentry.


 

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