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Offender Reentry: Beyond Crime and Punishment

Elaine Gunnison and Jacqueline B. Helfgott
Offender Reentry: Beyond Crime and Punishment
ISBN: 978-1-58826-912-6
ISBN: 978-1-62637-277-1
2013/241 pages/LC: 2013012998
"A timely, valuable and comprehensive discussion of research surrounding one of 'the key criminal justice issues of our time.'" —David S. Bornus, Corrections Today

"A valuable contribution to the field.... [I] recommend it to scholars, students, and practitioners."—Stephen J. Bahr, Criminal Justice Review

"Bring[s] together and make[s] clear the rich range of statistical data that clearly establishes the perennial difficulties involved in achieving 'successful reintegration'.... Highly recommended."—Choice

"Gunnison and Helfgott discuss a critically important societal issue.... [Their] book does not offer a single simple solution to the problem of recidivism, but it does provide insight into what can be done to help reduce it."—John Turner, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books

"Brings new life to the topic.... The authors remind us that crime and reentry are ultimately about human relationships and experiences, not just abstract statistics."—Faith Lutze, Washington State University


In this comprehensive exploration of the core issues surrounding offender reentry, Elaine Gunnison and Jacqueline Helfgott highlight the constant tension between policies meant to ensure smooth reintegration and the social forces—especially the stigma of a criminal record—that can prevent it from happening.

Gunnison and Helfgott focus on the factors that enhance reentry success as they address challenges related to race, class, and gender. Drawing on accounts from corrections professionals and former inmates to illustrate the real-life consequences of reentry policy, they shed light on one of the key criminal justice issues of our time.   


Elaine Gunnison is associate professor of criminal justice at Seattle University. Jacqueline B. Helfgott is professor of criminal justice at Seattle University.


  • Understanding Offender Reentry.
  • Profiles of Transition and Reintegration.
  • Managing Reentry Needs and Challenges.
  • Gender Issues.
  • Race/Ethnicity and Social Class.
  • Offender Perspectives.
  • Practitioner Perspectives.
  • Policy Implications.