Defense Date

4-13-2011

Graduation Date

2011

Availability

Immediate Access

Submission Type

thesis

Degree Name

MA

Department

Graduate Center for Social and Public Policy

School

McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

Committee Chair

Douglas Harper

Committee Member

Charles Hanna

Keywords

Reentry, Rehabilitation, Therapeutic community

Abstract

With a significant amount of the United States' population incarcerated, scholars and communities are becoming increasingly concerned with ex-offenders return to mainstream society. The risk factors that influenced these individuals' crimes also impact their reentry following incarceration. Community-based therapeutic communities attempt to address these risk factors and facilitate the transition from incarceration to community. The main risk factors of residence, family, financial concerns, and substance abuse must be properly addressed in order for ex-offenders to be successfully reintegrated. This thesis is a case study of the First Step Recovery Homes program of McKeesport, Pennsylvania. It is an examination of the ways in which this program attempts to address the above risk factors in order to facilitate the successful reentry of ex-offenders.

Format

PDF

Language

English

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