Helping and hindering factors for inmates meeting the challenges for successful community reentry
- Harford, Joseph Patrick
- [University Park, Pennsylvania] : Pennsylvania State University, 2019.
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- 1 electronic document
- Additional Creators:
- Yoon, Hyung Joon, 1978-
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- Open Access.
- The purpose of this study was to explore the helping and hindering factors that may affect an inmate living in a Transitional Housing Unit (THU) in a Pennsylvania state prison as he prepares for community reentry, so that recommendations can be made for possible improvements to the reentry program. In January 2014, transitional housing units (THUs) began operating in six of the state correctional institutions. The THU was designed to provide reentry services to inmates who will be released to geographic areas near the institutions, thus allowing for contact with outside agencies that can provide ongoing support services for community reentry. The THU was chosen as the reentry program of study because this type of evaluative research has not been conducted in the THU in the past from the perspective of an inmate preparing for community reentry.An Enhanced Critical Incident Technique (ECIT) was used to examine what helps and hinders inmates living in the THU who are preparing for community reentry. A study group of thirty men living in the THU was identified for interviews to explore their lived experiences with community reentry preparedness. Each participant was asked how they would describe community reentry preparedness, what community reentry preparedness meant to them, and what helped and hindered, and might help (wish list items) community reentry preparedness if it was available. ECIT analysis of participant responses resulted in the identification of 1,312 critical incidents comprised of 892 helping incidents which were divided into 13 categories, 420 hindering incidents which were divided into 10 categories, and 158 wish list items which were divided into seven categories. Study limitations were reviewed, and suggestions made for further research.
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- Dissertation Note:
- Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University 2019.
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- Microfilm (positive). 1 reel ; 35 mm. (University Microfilms 13917911)
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