ERIC Number: EJ710951
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb-24
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Returning Home: Scholars Say More Research is Needed on the Societal Re-Entry of the Formerly Incarcerated
Black Issues in Higher Education, v22 n1 p36 Feb 2005
Since the late 1960s, politicians and policymakers have talked tough on crime and have passed tough laws to build prisons and to prescribe lengthy sentences for the criminally convicted. In the past five years, however, public attention has focused on a criminal justice issue to which politicians and other public officials previously paid little heed. That issue is the societal re-entry of the formerly incarcerated, which is documented at an unprecedented scale now as more people are leaving prisons than at any time in American history. Since 2000, more than 600,000 people a year have been leaving prisons and jails in the United States, which is a fourfold increase over the past two decades. In comparison, the American prison and jail population rose to 2.085 million in 2003 from 503,586 in 1980, according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics.
Descriptors: Correctional Institutions, Criminals, Institutionalized Persons, Demography, Ethnic Groups, Correctional Rehabilitation, Correctional Education
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: United States