America’s high incarceration rates are a well-known facet of contemporary political conversations. Mentioned far less often is what happens to the nearly 700,000 former prisoners who rejoin society each year. On the Outside examines the lives of 22 peoplevaried in race and gender but united by their time in the criminal justice systemas they pass out of the prison gates and back into society. The book takes a clear-eyed look at the challenges faced by former convicts as they try to find work, housing, and stable communities. Standing alongside these individual portraits is a substantial quantitative study conducted by the authors that followed every state prisoner in Michigan who was released on parole in 2003 (roughly 11,000 individuals) for the next seven years, providing a comprehensive view of their post-prison neighborhoods, families, employment, and contact with the parole system. On the Outside delivers a powerful combination of hard data and personal narrative that shows why our country continues to struggle with the social and economic reintegration of the formerly incarcerated.
|Publisher:||University of Chicago Press|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)|
About the Author
David J. Harding is professor of sociology and director of D-Lab at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as the author of Living the Drama, also published by the University of Chicago Press. Jeffrey D. Morenoff is professor of sociology and director of the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan. Jessica J. B. Wyse is advanced fellow in Health Services Research and Development at the Portland Veterans Affairs Healthcare System and research assistant professor at the Oregon Health Science University-Portland State University School of Public Health.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Trajectories Chapter 2. Transitions Chapter 3. A Place to Call Home? Chapter 4. Families and Reintegration Chapter 5. Navigating Neighborhoods Chapter 6. Finding and Maintaining Employment Conclusion
Appendix: Data and Methodology Notes References Index