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Coming Home from Prison: Family Matters (IEJ Seminar)

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During her presentation, Dr. Creasie Finney Hairston, Professor and Dean of the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago, provides an overview of how families experience and manage community reentry. Based primarily on research conducted with men returning home from prison and their wives and girlfriends, the presentation describes the impact of incarceration and community reentry on family relationships. Families as sources of support, conflict and domestic violence, parent-child relationships, and parole practices and expectations are among the topics covered. Comments were provided by Stephen Gavazzi (Professor of Human Development and Family Science, Ohio State University); Kim Hettel (Family Reentry Project Manager, Ohio Governor's Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives); and Rachael Woldoff (Assistant Professor of Sociology, West Virginia University).

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