Does the Experience of Imprisonment Affect Optimism About Reentry?

Albert Pedrosa, Joel Marti, Aina Ibanez, Jose Cid Moline

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Abstract

Desistance research has linked prison inmate expectations with positive outcomes after release, but very little research addresses what makes them optimistic about their future. Using data from a representative sample, this article analyzes whether the manner in which a prison sentence is served impacts expectations about reentry. Results show that experiencing harsh prison conditions makes incarcerees more pessimistic about reentry, while receiving family support during imprisonment has the opposite effect. Given that the mission of the prison system is to prepare prisoners for a successful reentry, this study has several implications for correctional agencies.

Original languageEnglish
Article number0032885520978476
Pages (from-to)80-101
Number of pages22
JournalPrison Journal
Volume101
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021

Keywords

  • CRIME
  • DESISTANCE
  • EXPECTATIONS
  • FAMILY
  • GENERAL STRAIN THEORY
  • LIFE-COURSE
  • PRISON
  • SUCCESS
  • VICTIMIZATION
  • VISITATION
  • desistance
  • family support
  • prison conditions
  • reentry expectations

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