Beyond Bars

Beyond Bars

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Overview

Beyond Bars by Jeffrey Ross, Stephen C. Richards Ph.D.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592578511
Publisher: DK
Publication date: 07/07/2009
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 117,104
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jeffrey Ross,PhD, is a professor of criminal justice at the University of Baltimore and a visiting professor of criminology at Ruhr-Universität Bochum in Germany. In 2003, he was the recipient of the University of Baltimore's Distinguished Chair in Reseach Award. Ross also worked as a social science analyst in a division of the U.S. Department of Justice from 1995 to 1998.

Stephen C. Richards, PhD, is a professor of criminal justice and the author of several books and articles. He is one of the founders of the New School of Convict Criminology. Richards earned a BS degree in sociology while serving a nine-year sentence in a federal prison for conspiracy to distribute marijuana. After his release, he earned an MA in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a PhD in sociology at Iowa State University. Richards is also a Soros Senior Justice Fellow.

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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Beyond Bars 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Coastrange More than 1 year ago
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.
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BOOK is Good!
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