Women on the Outside: Understanding the Experiences of Female Prisoners Returning to Houston, Texas

Research Report

Women on the Outside: Understanding the Experiences of Female Prisoners Returning to Houston, Texas

Abstract

This research report explores the unique experiences of women exiting prison, focusing on a representative sample of 142 women who were released from Texas prisons and state jails in 2005 and returned to Houston communities. It describes the challenges women face in obtaining housing, reuniting with family, and avoiding drug use and criminal behavior after their return to the community. Recommendations for improvements in policies and practices specific to increasing the successful reintegration of women are also presented.

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