Chapter

How We Hinder

Joan Petersilia

in When Prisoners Come Home

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780195160864
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199943395 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195160864.003.0006

Series: Studies in Crime and Public Policy

How We Hinder

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This chapter discusses the growing number of citizens who have criminal records and the ways in which those records are increasingly being openly shared with the public. It also reviews the evidence on how a criminal record affects an offender's right to vote, qualify for public assistance, find work, or retain his parental rights. The restrictions on employment and housing create formidable obstacles to law-abidingness. One has to question whether we are jeopardizing public safety by making it so difficult for released prisoners to succeed.

Keywords: criminal records; parental rights; right to vote; public assistance; convicted felons; released prisoners

Chapter.  11065 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Theory

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