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Beyond Bars

3.47  ·  Rating Details  ·  36 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Can the common criminal get a fresh start

An essential resource for former convicts and their families post-incarceration.

The United States has the largest criminal justice system in the world, with currently over 7 million adults and juveniles in jail, prison, or community custody. Because they spend enough time in prison to disrupt their connections to their families an
Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 7th 2009 by Alpha (first published March 1st 2005)
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Aug 12, 2009 Nancy rated it it was amazing
In Beyond Bars, Jeffrey Ross and Stephen Richard give good practical advice in a straight forward style.

The main focus of this book is on the days and months right after release from prison. It also includes information on preparing for life after prison starting long before release and has three good appendixes to guide you to sources of help.

If you or someone you know you know will be transitioning from prison to life outside, read this book to avoid the pitfalls that send so many people back
Nov 14, 2009 Angela rated it it was amazing
Good solid, realistic source for reentry to society after imprisonment, jail time or for people coping with probation. Addresses everything from kids' embarrassment about their parent to the probabtion system, custody issues and how not to violate probabtion. Addresses encounters with spouse (and former), money issues, ramifications of different choices of places to live. LOTS of stuff I'd never considered before, like maybe not getting custody of the kids til after off probabtion because an ang ...more
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Apr 03, 2015 Kim Higgs rated it liked it
A sociology teacher I had recommended these books to me years ago and now I'm just getting to them. I did not like how this spoke to you like you were a prisoner but that's just me being silly probably. I agree with many points that our society needs to focus more on helping prisoners re-enter society rather than just throwing them back out there leaving them with very little options, if any.
Aug 26, 2013 Kony rated it liked it
Decent step-by-step roadmap of pre- to post-release. I like the no-nonsense tone, the organized layout of issues, and the concise chapter divisions.

That said, I'm bothered by the gender and age-based stereotypes in every chapter. I know there's truth to most stereotypes, but the lack of nuance bugs me.
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Jeffrey Ian Ross, Ph.D. is a Professor in the School of Criminal Justice, College of Public Affairs, and a Research Fellow of the Center for International and Comparative Law at the University of Baltimore.

He has researched, written, and lectured primarily on corrections, policing, political crime (esp., terrorism and state crime), violence (esp., criminal, political, and religious), global crime
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