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Restorative Reentry: A Strategy to Improve Reentry Outcomes by Enhancing Social Capital

NCJ Number
Victims & Offenders Volume: 4 Issue: 3 Dated: July 2009 Pages: 285-302
Tanya Settles
Date Published
July 2009
18 pages
This article examines a process for improving the reentry outcomes for formerly incarcerated individuals.
A challenging question facing policymakers in the criminal justice arena is how to best encourage the safe and effective reentry of formerly incarcerated individuals in such a way that they become well-integrated and productive members of our communities. This article argues that blending theoretical components of restorative justice with strategies thought to improve social capital may result in better long-term outcomes of the reentry process. Policy recommendations are offered for constructing restorative reentry programs that promote evidence based outcomes. (Published Abstract)