Prisoner Re-entry: An Assets-based, Capacity Building Community Practice Pilot Program

By Jennifer Kellman-Fritz, Barbara Walters and Elvia R. Krajewski-Jaime.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This paper describes a county wide pilot program that utilized an empowerment and assets-based model of practice to build capacity in the community. The paper also describes results of a qualitative evaluation of this pilot program. The purpose of this program was to assist prisoners released on parole who are mentally or physically disabled, in building and/or updating their employment skills, in securing employment, and in securing housing so that they may successfully reintegrate into the community. This program was part of a nation-wide initiative developed in response to the economic conditions and prison overcrowding in the United States that have spurred parolee rates. The overall goal of this initiative was to create safer neighborhoods through the prevention of poverty and the promotion of self-sufficiency and economic well being of these parolees. The program focused on training recently released parolees with the necessary skills to promote empowerment and confidence to reintegrate into the community, and to move forward with greater confidence in their ability to identify opportunities to engage in a more successful future.

Keywords: Parolees, Prisoner Re-entry, Prisoner Rehabilitation, Empowerment Model, Community Building

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp.579-588. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 613.183KB).

Dr. Jennifer Kellman-Fritz

Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA

Jennifer Fritz, Ph.D., LMSW, is Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti Michigan.

Dr. Barbara Walters

Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA

Barbara Walters, Ph.D., LCSW, is Assistant Professor and Director of the Undergraduate Program in the School of Social Work at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti Michigan.

Dr. Elvia R. Krajewski-Jaime

Director, Graduate Program, School of Social Work, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA

Elvia Krajewski, Ph.D., LMSW, is Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in the School of Social Work at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti Michigan.

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