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From prison to the community: The role of citizen participation in female prisoner reentry


2008 2008

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Abstract (summary)

Growing attention is being given to the design of programs for female prisoners to assist their successful reentry into the community upon the completion of their incarceration. However, current programs have been largely designed and implemented with the goal of seeking parolee compliance through mandatory rules and practices. Little emphasis is placed on preparing inmates to assume their duties as citizens and active participants in the lives of their community. In short, existing programs pay little attention to the importance of creating what I call for purposes of this study, “citizen participation”.

This study tests the importance of developing a strong sense of citizen participation on the part of female parolees prior to release from prison. An intervention strategy was used on a control group of female prisoners to assess the impact of a citizen participation educational program. For purposes of this study citizen participation is operationalized in terms of the following four measures: self-efficacy, sense of obligation to the community, sense of citizen control and intent to be an engaged citizen. The findings suggest that incorporation of a citizen participation component focused on the above four dimension has the potential to assist female prisoners in successfully reentering their communities.

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Subject
Social work;
Womens studies;
Public administration;
Criminology;
Cognitive psychology;
Prisons;
Citizen participation;
Recidivism
Classification
0452: Social work
0453: Womens studies
0617: Public administration
0627: Criminology
0633: Cognitive psychology
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Psychology; Citizen engagement; Citizen participation; Female prisoners; Prisoner reentry; Women inmates
Title
From prison to the community: The role of citizen participation in female prisoner reentry
Author
Torrey, Dana Roderick
Number of pages
146
Publication year
2008
Degree date
2008
School code
0180
Source
DAI-A 70/01, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549988977
University/institution
Portland State University
University location
United States -- Oregon
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3343785
ProQuest document ID
304498517
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304498517
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