Crime and Employment: Critical Issues in Crime Reduction for Corrections

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Crime and Employment crystallizes the issue of work as a rehabilitative instrument in the modern correctional environment. It explores the effect of employment on crime and recidivism, with its implications for correctional programs and operations as well as for ex-offender reintegration into the community. The professionals contributing to this volume evaluate the effectiveness of employment in enabling offenders to desist from crime; the roles of prison versus community correctional services; the success of ...

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Overview

Crime and Employment crystallizes the issue of work as a rehabilitative instrument in the modern correctional environment. It explores the effect of employment on crime and recidivism, with its implications for correctional programs and operations as well as for ex-offender reintegration into the community. The professionals contributing to this volume evaluate the effectiveness of employment in enabling offenders to desist from crime; the roles of prison versus community correctional services; the success of work programs for older versus younger offenders; the effect of industrial employment on reducing prison misconduct and post-release recidivism; the relevance of prior employment, substance abuse histories, poverty, and family contexts on subsequent inmate work programs; and the availability of quality employment, lawful lifestyles, and community vocational programs in sustaining economic rehabilitation of offenders. This book will be of great value to practitioners and policymakers alike in the areas of corrections, criminal justice, criminology, social problems, labor policy, social welfare, deviance and social control.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759104044
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press
  • Publication date: 1/15/2004
  • Edition number: 240
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Jessie L. Krienert is Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice, Illinois State University, and does research in community and institutional corrections, gender and crime, and violence and victimology. Mark S. Fleisher is a cultural anthropologist and criminal ethnographer, a former administrator in the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and Director of the Begun Center for Violence Research, Prevention and Education at Case Western Reserve University. He is the author of the award-winning Beggars and Thieves: Lives of Urban Street Criminals, Warehousing Violence, and Dead End Kids: Gang Girls and the Boys They Know.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 FOREWORD: The Correctional Dilemma: Employment and Social Integration Part 2 PREFACE Part 3 SECTION 1: PRE-IMPRISONMENT EMPLOYMENT Chapter 4 Introduction Chapter 5 Behind the Practitioner's Desk — Chapter 1: Prosecutors, Jobs and Crime Chapter 6 Chapter 2: The Employment Status Dichotomy: Understanding What This Means and Using it for Your Advantage in Program Development Chapter 7 Chapter 3: Economic Rehabilitation: A Reassessment of the Link Between Employment and Crime Part 8 SECTION 2: PRISON INDUSTRIES Chapter 9 Introduction Chapter 10 Behind the Practitioner's Desk — Chapter 4: Something to Lose: A Balance and Reality-Based Rationale for Institutional Programming Chapter 11 Chapter 5: The Effect of Prison Industry and Vocational Training on Post Release Outcome: Does Race Matter? Chapter 12 Chapter 6: Employment and Crime: What is the Problem and What Can Be Done About it From the Inmate's Perspective? Part 13 SECTION 3: EX-OFFENDERS Chapter 14 Introduction Chapter 16 Behind the Practitioner's Desk — Chapter 7: Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority Chapter 17 Chapter 8: Jabbing Blow, Pitching Rocks, and Stacking Paper: How Drug-Selling Street Gangs Organize the Reentry of Male Ex-Convicts into the Community Chapter 18 Chapter 9: Work as a Turning Point for Criminal Offenders Part 19 SECTION 4: IN THE COMMUNITY Chapter 20 Introduction Chapter 21 Behind the Practitioner's Desk — Chapter 10: Opportunity Provision in the Context of Merging Science and Community-Based Best Practice Chapter 22 Chapter 11: Finding Ways to Get Paid: Social Networks and Illegitimate Work Chapter 23 Chapter 12: Drug Selling: A Rational Choice

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