Community Residents' Perceptions of Prisoner Reentry in Selected Cleveland Neighborhoods

Research Report

Community Residents' Perceptions of Prisoner Reentry in Selected Cleveland Neighborhoods

Abstract

In 2001, nearly one in five people released from the Ohio prison system returned to Cleveland. This report, which is part of a larger four-state longitudinal study of prisoner reentry entitled Returning Home: Understanding the Challenges of Prisoner Reentry, describes findings from six focus groups conducted with residents of three Cleveland neighborhoods to which large numbers of released prisoners return. Focus group participants discuss their experiences with returning prisoners; the impact of returning prisoners on the community; and the role of the community in the reintegration process. Though residents describe communities struggling to support prisoners in transition, they believe that enhanced services and supervision can promote successful reintegration.

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