On the Outside
From Lengthy Imprisonment to Lasting FreedomBook - 2013
From the passage of Bill C-10, with its punitive, tough-on-crime provisions, to sensationalist media accounts of dangerous ex-convicts, it is evident that Canada is a country that is taking an increasingly hard line on crime. In reality the vast majority of prisoners who serve out their sentences will never see the inside of a prison cell again. On the Outside explores the post-carceral lives of men who have successfully resettled into the community after serving at least a decade in Canada's penitentiaries. Exploring the transition from imprisonment to the challenges of resettlement, this book will change the way you think about prisoners and open up the debate on the perils of tough-on-crime legislation.
The book illuminates the journey of Canadian prisoners post incarceration, highlighting the fact that most do not reoffend, even though the general perception is that they are dangerous. Munn (sociology, Okanagan College, Canada) and Bruckert (criminology, U. of Ottawa, Canada) aim to change the thinking about Canada's prisoners and to open the debate on tough crime legislation. They spotlight men returning to society after at least 10 years of incarceration and their experiences of successful re-entry and resettlement. A very readable book, it should be of interest to social science academics, psychologists and other professionals, as well as the general public. There are 11 chapters divided into two sections: inside out, and outside in, and an epilogue. There is an appendix on methodological considerations, notes, and references. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)