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Post-release : the current predicament and the potential strategies

Abstract

This paper provides an overview of the key themes presented at a series of roundtable discussions initiated by the Criminology Research Council and held in March-April 2001: Post Release: Problems & Potential. The paper outlines the critical issues currently associated with post-release programs for prisoners. It begins with an overview of key issues affecting prisoners post-release and then argues that the way in which we understand post-release programs needs to be broadened both conceptually and practically. In particular, it is argued that we need to move beyond the idea that because we are dealing with newly released prisoners it is corrective services who must take carriage of post-release program development, delivery and evaluation.

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