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This research seeks to explore the various difficulties in convicted felons’ life after their transition back into society. The research examines how an ex-convict’s finances, interpersonal relationships with friends, family, and romantic partners, lifetime opportunities, mental health, physical health, and living conditions are affected by the offender’s status as such an offender, as well as to consider ways in which these difficulties can be alleviated for future ex-offenders upon reassimilation into society after a prison sentence. Though indeed a broad topic, this particular brand of research seeks to highlight the exaggerated perception of the ex-con as a permanently damned member of society, condemned to the outer rims of their community, and forced to live a half-life while branded a criminal to all, even their loved ones.

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Psychology & Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies


Gender and Sexuality | Inequality and Stratification | Other Political Science | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Social Control, Law, Crime, and Deviance

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Elizabeth Canfield


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“Doing Time Long After the Crime: How a Prison Sentence Today is Only the Beginning of a Felon’s Life-Long Sentence as a Pariah to Society”