Incarceration, Reentry and Social Capital

Research Report

Incarceration, Reentry and Social Capital

Social Networks in the Balance
January 30, 2002

Abstract

The From Prisons to Home Conference, held on January 30-31, 2002 at the National Institutes of Health, was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The purpose of the conference was to bring together the research, policy, and practice communities to share promising strategies, identify research needs, and inform federal program and policy development for children and families affected by the incarceration of a parent. Eleven papers were commissioned by leading experts to survey the state of knowledge on the dynamics of incarceration and reentry as seen from the perspectives of child, parent and community. This paper considers the impact of incarceration and reentry on communities, with a particular
focus on the issue of social capital. It explores the impact of the removal and return of large numbers of offenders on stability in these "high rate" neighborhoods, focusing on the impact on social networks.

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