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Beyond RecidivismNew Approaches to Research on Prisoner Reentry and Reintegration$
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Andrea Leverentz, Elsa Y. Chen, and Johnna Christian

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781479862726

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479862726.001.0001

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Does Thinking of Oneself as a “Typical Former Prisoner” Contribute to Reentry Success or Failure?

Does Thinking of Oneself as a “Typical Former Prisoner” Contribute to Reentry Success or Failure?

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(p.172) 8 Does Thinking of Oneself as a “Typical Former Prisoner” Contribute to Reentry Success or Failure?
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Beyond Recidivism
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Thomas P. LeBel

Matt Richie

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479862726.003.0009

Research findings indicate that persisters and desisters from crime differ in how they view themselves (i.e., social identity) and in their optimism in the ability to “go straight.” This chapter examines formerly incarcerated persons’ level of agreement with the statement “I am a typical former prisoner.” The sample consists of 228 formerly incarcerated persons involved as clients at agencies providing reintegration-related services. The relationship between thinking of oneself as a typical former prisoner and a variety of variables previously found to be related to desistance from crime and/or successful reintegration (e.g., age, sex, criminal history, criminal attitude, social bonds, perceptions of stigma, psychological well-being, and forecasts of re-arrest) are examined using correlation analysis and regression analysis. Implications of the findings for desistance from crime and prisoner reentry research, policy, and practice are discussed.

Keywords:   prisoner reentry, desistance, stigma, optimism, typical former prisoner

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