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Exits and Entries: Contrasting Pathways to Community Reentry (IEJ Seminar)

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Dr. Christopher Uggen, Chair and Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Minnesota discusses the design and some very early findings from the new Minnesota Exits and Entries Project and related projects. Participants listened to excerpts from pre-release interviews with young people age 18 to 25 as they exited the following institutional settings: (1) foster care; (2) mental health treatment; (3) chemical health treatment; (4) the armed forces; (5) the juvenile justice system; (6) a county jail system; and, (7) the state prison system. By taking a more comprehensive and comparative perspective on the reentry phenomenon, project organizers hope to reveal the processes operating in each institutional domain and to explain how vulnerable young adults fare once they leave the care or custody of the state. Comments were provided by Paul Bellair, Associate Professor of Sociology at OSU and John Flinn, Veterans Program Manager with the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services.

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