Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prisons

Social Supports Essential to Maintain Mental Health in Reentry

From: https://news.rutgers.edu

The study, published in the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, found that [the formerly incarcerated], particularly those of color, who had  access to and used social resources had better mental health and a more successful reentry back into society than those who did not. The findings suggest that without such supports, incarcerated men could face significant challenges as they try to regain their lives.

Lead author Pamela Valera, assistant professor at the Rutgers School of Public Health. “It is well established that people who have stable support systems are better positioned to accomplish a successful reentry and maintain a sense of well-being and better mental health.”

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By Michele Edelstein

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