The life conditions of Australian ex-prisoners : an analysis of intrapersonal, subsistence, and support conditions

Graffam, Joe and Shinkfield, Alison J. 2012, The life conditions of Australian ex-prisoners : an analysis of intrapersonal, subsistence, and support conditions, International journal of offender therapy and comparative criminology, vol. 56, no. 6, pp. 897-916.

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Title The life conditions of Australian ex-prisoners : an analysis of intrapersonal, subsistence, and support conditions
Author(s) Graffam, Joe
Shinkfield, Alison J.
Journal name International journal of offender therapy and comparative criminology
Volume number 56
Issue number 6
Start page 897
End page 916
Total pages 20
Publisher Sage
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2012-09
ISSN 0306-624X
Keyword(s) life conditions
ex-prisoners
reintegration
Summary Successful reintegration of ex-prisoners into the community is multifaceted. The life conditions of 36 adult Australian ex-prisoners (20 male and 16 female) were examined via a questionnaire administered at 1 to 4 weeks post release, and a subset of 19 of the original respondents were interviewed again at 3 to 4 months post release. Interviews focused on intrapersonal conditions (physical and psychological health and substance use), subsistence conditions (housing, employment, and finance), and support conditions (social support, support services/program participation, and criminal justice support). The majority of ex-prisoners self-reported chronic physical and mental health problems as well as a history of substance use and/or current substance use. Although the housing conditions of ex-prisoners were largely favourable and constant, the employment and financial conditions of this group were generally unfavourable. Level of social support was variable. Theoretical implications and practical applications of the present investigation for reintegration theory are discussed.
Language eng
Field of Research 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920414 Substance Abuse
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, The Author(s)
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