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Serving People from Arrest to Reintegration

Unlocking the Potential of Reentry and Reintegration

  • Organization: Center for Community Alternatives, Justice Strategies
  • Author: Alan Rosenthal
  • Document Type: Report
  • Date Created: Friday, October 01, 2004
  • Submitted: Friday, October 28, 2005
  • Attachment(s): PDF
Justice Strategies Working Paper by Alan Rosenthal, J.D., and Elaine Wolf, Ph.D., describes a new approach to reentry practice and policy in the context of the processing of a criminal case. We view reentry planning as ideally being incorporated into activities taking place at six points during the pendency of a criminal case and service of a sentence: decision making regarding pretrial release; plea bargaining and sentence negotiations; sentencing; jail and prison programming; the provision of supportive services at the time of release; and decision making regarding parole revocation. If such planning were systematically incorporated into these six phases of criminal case processing, people involved in the criminal justice system would be more likely to reintegrate into their communities successfully and maximize their capacity for productive citizenship.

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