Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Reintegrating into society: Challenges and successes encountered by ex-offenders
by Martinez, Nancy, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2009, 61; 1466335
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to examine the perceived challenges and successes that ex-offenders encounter as they attempt to reintegrate into society. A total of 12 ex-offenders living in Los Angeles participated in this qualitative study.

Finding employment was the main challenge faced by ex-offenders when they were first attempting to reintegrate into society in their postprison life. Similarly, the main success of the ex-offenders was their ability to find employment through Homeboys Industries, a multiservice center servicing ex-offenders. The known supportive and nonjudgmental environment of Homeboys Industries was one of the key factors that enabled the ex-offenders to seek help from this agency. The participants also reported that support from their immediate family was crucial to their ability to reintegrate successfully. These findings suggest that more programs like Homeboys Industries need to be developed so that more ex-offenders can benefit from services that are specifically tailored to ex-offenders.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ranney, Molly
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 47/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work, Criminology, Public policy
Publication Number: 1466335
ISBN: 978-1-109-17633-9
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