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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).
Top Customer Reviews
For most offenders surviving their return to society (re-entry) is a daunting task. Re-adjusting to society, learning how to deal with your prior offense with employers, new associates and friends, and developing a solid understanding of what is and what is not helpful as you try to make your way back into society: well, knowledgeable guidance is most helpful and hard to get.
So many earnest parolees have difficulty coming to terms and learning all of this, all at once. This book informs on all these issues and more in an intentionally easily readable fashion.
I would recommend families or friends of inmates getting out of jail/prison to get them a copy of this book and have them read it several times. It will help understand what they are facing and how to best deal with it.
For college and university courses, this is a solid book to use as a reader to help students see and understand the many problems ex-convicts face re-entering society, and the type of coping skills they need to develop to make it on probation or parole.
With 1 in 31 Americans in jail, prison or under some form of criminal justice supervision, this is a timely and desperately needed book by two authors who know what they are talking about. I most highly recommend this book.
For example, the book recommends that you avoid owning a car (at least during your probation period) due to the simple fact that cops run plates of cars as a matter of routine while on their shifts. When a plate number comes back as registered to somebody who is on probation, more often than not, they are going assume the worst and pull that car over to check things out. Anybody who has seen a few episodes of COPS will know how quickly those "routine stops" can take a turn for the worse. If a passenger in your car is doing or holding something illegal, even if you don't know about it, guess who's going back to jail.
The United States has a staggering amount of people who have gotten tangled up in the criminal justice system, many of whom initially got in for relatively minor, non-violent offenses. But once you get a felony rap on your record, the odds are against you going forward, especially in the age of the Internet where neighbors and employers can easily access your record and blacklist you.Read more ›
The thing I liked about this book is that it was written in a very straight-forward manner; not a bunch of academic fluff, but practical advice that real people can access easily and use, advice that will help those understand better the reality of their own unique situation as felons and what they can expect on the outside. It is a guide that can (and should) be referred back to often. Topics include: finding a place to stay, finding work, dealing with your parole officer, pursuing higher education, family life, debt, staying clean and out of trouble- all the issues people re-entering society will face. I also liked that this book took a look at the both the male and female perspectives of re-entry, noting the unique challenges women may face in the process.
A key ingredient in any success is sufficient access to the right resources. These can from from all sorts of places - from books and videos, seminars, social service agencies, mentors, etc. One needs to acquire accurate and useful knowledge that, when acted upon, will directly help them toward their goal. This book is one of such valuable resource for the person with a criminal record. If read and applied, it will aid you on your journey and in the many important decisions you are faced with in the aftermath of a conviction.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I minister to inmates and have found this to be a valuable resource to give them.Published 3 months ago by Daniel L. Moore
It gave me insite into what inmates will face psychologically and physically on reentry.Published 5 months ago by David Hooven
Great book to read!!! Id recommend it to all corrections professionalsPublished 5 months ago by Brittanyvd8