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On the OutsidePrisoner Reentry and Reintegration$
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David J. Harding, Jeffrey D. Morenoff, and Jessica J. B. Wyse

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226607504

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226607788.001.0001

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A Place to Call Home?

A Place to Call Home?

(p.76) Chapter Three A Place to Call Home?
On the Outside

David J. Harding

Jeffrey D. Morenoff

Jessica J. B. Wyse

University of Chicago Press

Drawing on a broad definition of family, this chapter explores the challenges of reuniting with family and finding a stable home after release. Few formerly incarcerated individuals return to the residences where they were living before their imprisonment. This is because their families moved in the interim, because many live in institutional housing after release, and because many purposely try to avoid the social environments they experienced before imprisonment. Formerly incarcerated individuals also experience extremely high rates of residential instability and frequent homelessness. This is because of the short-term nature of institutional housing, custodial sanctions for parole violations, substance abuse relapse, meager public benefits, and family conflict. Those who do achieve residential stability overwhelmingly do so as a result of finding a place in a stable home with family or romantic partners or because they are able to combine public benefits or employment with monetary support from family. Families provide a critical set of basic material resources like food and shelter for the formerly incarcerated.

Keywords:   residential instability, homelessness, custodial sanctions, family, housing, public benefits

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