First Advisor

Muscari, Mary

Thesis Committee Member(s)

Lindley, Don

College

College for Professional Studies

Degree Name

MS Criminology

School

School of Humanities & Social Sciences

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

51 pages

Abstract

This study uses a strain theory approach to examine the barriers to community reentry faced by individuals being released from county detention facilities. Individuals who are reentering the community from jail face a variety of challenges, particularly when trying to access community resources. In almost every community, barriers to offender reentry include, but are not limited to, housing, benefit acquisition, healthcare, access to medications, identification, transportation, mental health treatment, substance abuse treatment and employment. While there has certainly been an increase in the amount of programs and services available for former offenders, research analysis presented here will identify what these barriers are, who they affect and why they are so monumental. Through qualitative research, the barriers to reentry that will be focused on throughout this study include (a) access to healthcare services, (b) access to substance abuse treatment, (c) housing and (d) employment, four major challenges to an offenders' successful reentry, and whether or not easing or eliminating these barriers have any effect on recidivism.

Date of Award

Summer 2013

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colorado

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