Rethinking the Reentry Paradigm

A Blueprint for Action

Second Edition

by Kimberly A. Houser, Melinda Schlager Arnold

Tags: Corrections

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468 pp  $64.00

ISBN 978-1-61163-868-4
eISBN 978-1-5310-0013-4

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The perspective of this text is that offender reentry is not a static, isolated event, but a process that occurs over time. Moreover, if reentry policy and practice is contextualized as a process rather than as a finite event, preparation and planning can drive reentry, not a prison release date. Consequently, this text discusses the issue of offender reentry in more global terms and suggests solutions to reentry issues across a continuum that begins at entry to prison, includes release from prison, and culminates with integration into the community.

The second edition presents a comprehensive account of the reentry process, detailing the individual and social barriers to reentry along with promising practices. The authors describe the implications of the reentry process for returning offenders, families, the community and society-at-large. Each chapter provides a thoughtful discussion addressing historical context and current trends.

A full set of 277 PowerPoint slides and test bank word files will also be made available to instructors who adopt the book for their course. To view a sample PowerPoint presentation, click here. Please contact Beth Hall at to request your slides/materials.

"In this updated edition, [the authors] remain cautious about our understanding of the reentry process, notably highlighting some of the missteps, implementation failures, and unintended consequences of reentry programs."

— Journal of Community Justice

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