Beyond Bars

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Can the common criminal get a fresh start

An essential resource for former convicts and their families post-incarceration.

The United States has the largest criminal justice system in the world, with currently over 7 million adults and juveniles in jail, prison, or community custody. Because they spend enough time in prison to disrupt their connections to their families and their communities, they are not prepared for the difficult and often ...

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Overview

Can the common criminal get a fresh start

An essential resource for former convicts and their families post-incarceration.

The United States has the largest criminal justice system in the world, with currently over 7 million adults and juveniles in jail, prison, or community custody. Because they spend enough time in prison to disrupt their connections to their families and their communities, they are not prepared for the difficult and often life-threatening process of reentry. As a result, the percentage of these people who return to a life of crime and additional prison time escalates each year. Beyond Bars is the most current, practical, and comprehensive guide for ex-convicts and their families about managing a successful reentry into the community and includes:

*Tips on how to prepare for release while still in Prison
*Ways to deal with family members, especially spouses and children
*Finding a job
*Money issues such as budgets, bank accounts, taxes, and debt
*Avoiding drugs and other illicit activities
*Free resources to rely on for support

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592578511
  • Publisher: Alpha Books
  • Publication date: 7/7/2009
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 151,701
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey Ian Ross, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Division of Criminology, Criminal Justice and Forensic Studies, and a Fellow of the Center for International and Comparative Law, at the University of Baltimore. He is the author of thirteen books most recently Special Problems in Corrections (Prentice Hall, 2007). During the 1980's, Ross worked almost four years in a correctional facility. In 2005-2006 he was a member of the Prisoner/Prisoner Advocate Liaison Group for the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine committee examining ethics and research with prisoners. His website is jeffreyianross.com.

Stephen C. Richards, Ph.D., is a professor of criminal justice at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. In 1983, he was convicted of conspiracy to distribute marijuana. Richards was sentenced to 9 years and served time in 9 federal prisons. Released from federal prison in 1987, he completed his M.A. in sociology (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1989) and Ph.D. in Sociology (Iowa State University, 1992). His work has appeared in numerous academic journals.

Jeffrey Ian Ross and Stephen C. Richards are also the authors of Behind Bars (Alpha/Penguin, 2002) and Convict Criminology (Wadsworth, 2003).

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Table of Contents

1 Preparing for Release from Prison 1

2 Free at Last? 17

3 Probation and Parole 25

4 Halfway Houses and Work Release Centers 37

5 Give Me Shelter 53

6 Dealing With Your Parole Officer 59

7 Finding Work 71

8 Going Back to School 91

9 Family, Love, and Sex 109

10 The Devil You Know: Avoiding Alcohol, Drugs, Weapons, and Violence 129

11 The Holy Trinity: Money, Debt, and Business 145

12 Special Problems for Jill Convict 171

Epilogue: Freedom as a Felon in the United States 187

Appendixes

A A Glossary of Reentry Terms 201

B Organizations That Help Ex-Convicts 209

C Books to Keep on Your Night Table 213

Index 215

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  • Posted August 13, 2009

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    Practical Advice

    In Beyond Bars, Jeffrey Ross and Stephen Richard give good practical advice in a straight forward style.

    The main focus of this book is on the days and months right after release from prison. It also includes information on preparing for life after prison starting long before release and has three good appendixes to guide you to sources of help.

    If you or someone you know you know will be transitioning from prison to life outside, read this book to avoid the pitfalls that send so many people back to prison.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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