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Second Chances: A Comparison of Civic Engagement in Offender Reentry Programs

NCJ Number
Criminal Justice Review Volume: 35 Issue: 3 Dated: September 2010 Pages: 335-353
Kathryn J. Fox
Date Published
September 2010
19 pages
This article examines three reentry programs.
Mass incarceration has led to a host of problems for reentering offenders and the communities to which they return. The federal government has provided funds to states to address the problems associated with returning offenders. In Vermont, corrections partnered with local community justice centers to develop offender reentry programs. These took various forms but focused on support and services for offenders while enforcing accountability and community safety. This article analyzes three reentry program models and outlines their designs' ability to enact Bazemore and Stinchcomb's (2004) notion of a "civic engagement model of reentry." The vexing challenges of mobilizing communities to foster reintegration for returning offenders are discussed. Figures and references (Published Abstract)