Detailing Re-Entry Challenges Faced By Formerly Incarcerated Women



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Incarceration is widely utilized by various developed countries as means of rehabilitation and to fulfill the philosophical goal of deterrence. Prison systems were first built to fulfill the needs of men and most well-established re-entry programs tend to the needs of men due to that reason. Re-entry programs were a great innovation to allow an easier transition into societal life and decrease the recidivism rates. I was curious to see whether the re-entry programs in Texas are well-equipped to help the formerly incarcerated women as their needs are distinct in various categories from the men’s. My past research involved identifying the major needs of the formerly incarcerated women and in this research, I decided to delve into the various re-entry programs around Texas to see if the needs identified by women are being met at these programs and exploring the reasons that surround these issues.