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The Social Reintegration of Offenders and Crime Prevention
  • Curt T. Griffiths, Ph.D., Simon Fraser University
  • Yvon Dandurand
  • Danielle Murdoch, Simon Fraser University
Comprehensive crime prevention programs must include effective measures to prevent recidivism and to stop the cycle of failed adaptation by repeat offenders. Offenders released from confinement face a variety of challenges that may hinder their ability to become law-abiding citizens. Of particular concern are high-risk offenders with lengthy records of criminality. A key feature of successful crime prevention strategies is the attention to the social reintegration of ex-prisoners into the community and the development of interventions designed to reduce the levels of recidivism. These interventions represent a wide array of efforts sponsored by the justice system, often in collaboration with community agencies and organizations. Offender reintegration programs target the dynamic risk factors associated with recidivism and specific initiatives focus on specific challenges facing offenders, including substance abuse and unemployment, while others target specific offender groups, including sex offenders and high-risk young offenders. Offender reintegration programs can be generally grouped into prison-based programs, surveillance-based transition programs; assistance-based transition programs; and integrated, throughcare programs.
Publication Date
April, 2007
Review prepared for the Policy, Research and Evaluation Division of the Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada.
Citation Information
Curt T. Griffiths, Yvon Dandurand and Danielle Murdoch. "The Social Reintegration of Offenders and Crime Prevention" (2007)
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