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Crime, Social Development, and Correctional Social Work

WILL C. RAINFORD

in Social Work and Social Development

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199732326
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199863471 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732326.003.0007
Crime, Social Development, and Correctional Social Work

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Social workers have been involved with issues of delinquency, crime and corrections since the profession’s inception in the late 19th century. However, as crime rates have continued to soar and as prison populations have reached unprecedented levels, new approaches are needed. Focusing on the role of social workers within correctional facilities, this chapter discusses innovative social investment strategies that enhance the strengths and capabilities of those in prison and prepares them for successful reentry into society. Emphasis is given to human capital programs, employment preparation and placement, asset accounts and microenterprise programs that integrate offenders into the community and productive economy. The role of social workers in linking these activities to community resources, and the professional supports that facilitate reentry into the community are discussed.

Keywords: corrections; crime; reentry; social work; social development

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