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Beyond Bars: Rejoining Society After Prison Paperback – July 7, 2009
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About the Author
Stephen C. Richards, Ph.D., is a professor of criminal justice at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. In 1983, he was convicted of conspiracy to distribute marijuana. Richards was sentenced to 9 years and served time in 9 federal prisons. Released from federal prison in 1987, he completed his M.A. in sociology (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1989) and Ph.D. in Sociology (Iowa State University, 1992). His work has appeared in numerous academic journals.
Jeffrey Ian Ross and Stephen C. Richards are also the authors of Behind Bars (Alpha/Penguin, 2002) and Convict Criminology (Wadsworth, 2003).
- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1592578519
- ISBN-13 : 978-1592578511
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.63 x 8.25 inches
- Publisher : Alpha; 1st edition (July 7, 2009)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #91,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My brother, at first, thought the book would not be helpful. He was reluctant. However, he read it and thought that although some of it was common sense, that it held some good helpful topics. He even took a few of the items to his group session to discuss with other inmates to get their feedback. He felt like the book was realistic and did not talk down to inmates and was trying to be helpful.
I thought that it helped me to get a good picture about what difficulties he would be facing coming out of prison and also gave me insight into things I have no knowledge about...like the parole process etc. I also would have never thought about some of the things discussed such as why it is best not to own a car ..and if you must own a car, what ones would be best.
I do think that the book was a little light on the unique aspects of 'violent offender' re-entry. I think finding a job for violent offenders will be more difficult and wonder if there are additional aspects that could have been addressed.
However, I think the book is a must read for everyone about to re-enter as well as those friends and family members that will be the support structure for those re-entering.