A critical evaluation of the stigma and challenges ex-offenders encounter when reintegrating back into society

Lloyd, Zoe (2014) A critical evaluation of the stigma and challenges ex-offenders encounter when reintegrating back into society. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The study aimed to obtain an understanding of the reintegration process and experiences of ex-offenders undergoing the transition from prison to the community. Utilising relevant secondary literature the study has captured an insight into the impact of stigmatisation and the possible challenges and barriers facing this marginalised service user group.
    Chapter one produced objectivities which have been referred to throughout the study in the context of subheadings. Bringing the findings chapter together the study found that ex-offenders are highly stigmatised individuals within contemporary society and that the social identity and label of ‘ex-offender’ obstructs reintegration and hinders opportunities. The researcher has encapsulated the perspectives of this service user group, which found a varied response from participants regarding their expectations and experiences of reintegration. Through examining a range of literature the findings also discovered that challenges of reintegration are exclusive to each individual dependant on perceiving a holistic perception of each individual’s environment and circumstances. The study provides a service user focused approach and the study indicates that further research into the community experiences of ex-offender is needed, in order to obtain a more comprehensive observation of the stigma and challenges which can obstruct successful reintegration.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2014 13:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:40
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/15412

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