Releasing Prisoners, Redeeming Communities: Reentry, Race, and Politics

Releasing Prisoners, Redeeming Communities: Reentry, Race, and Politics

by Anthony C. Thompson
     
 

ISBN-10: 081478321X

ISBN-13: 9780814783214

Pub. Date: 03/01/2009

Publisher: New York University Press

In the middle of the first decade of the twenty-first century,African Americans made up approximately twelve percent of the United States population but close to forty percent of the United States prison population. Now, in the latter half of the decade, the nation is in the midst of the largest multi-year discharge of prisoners in its history. In Releasing

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Overview

In the middle of the first decade of the twenty-first century,African Americans made up approximately twelve percent of the United States population but close to forty percent of the United States prison population. Now, in the latter half of the decade, the nation is in the midst of the largest multi-year discharge of prisoners in its history. In Releasing Prisoners, Redeeming Communities, Anthony C. Thompson discusses what is likely to happen to these ex-offenders and why.

For Thompson, any discussion of ex-offender reentry is, de facto, a question of race. After laying out the statistics, he identifies the ways in which media and politics have contributed to the problem, especially through stereotyping and racial bias. Well aware of the potential consequences if this country fails to act, Thompson offers concrete, realizable ideas of how our policies could, and should, change.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814783214
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
03/01/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
262
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
1 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Reentry, Race, and Stigma
2 Media Influence on Public Perceptions of Prison Life
3 Women: The Afterthought in Reentry Planning
4 Reentry and Housing
5 Reentry and Health Care
6 Reentry and Unemployment
7 Reentry and the Political Process
8 Reentry and Parole
9 Reentry Courts
Conclusion
Notes
Index
About the Author

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