Closing the legal services gap in prisoner reentry programs

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Formerly incarcerated individuals face significant legal barriers as they seek to reenter society. The legal barriers include preclusion from public housing and public assistance, licensing prohibitions and employment prohibitions. This article examines the data from major reentry initiatives to determine whether the legal needs of formerly incarcerated individuals are being met. The data suggest that reentry programs do not adequately address the legal needs of their clients. This article then examines the potential for partnership between reentry programs and existing legal service providers in an effort to close the legal services gap in reentry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-25
Number of pages11
JournalCriminal Justice Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2008


  • Correctional policy
  • Criminal justice policy
  • Legal services
  • Public defenders
  • Reentry
  • Rehabilitation
  • Reintegration
  • Service delivery


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