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Stigma refers to unfavorable attitudes, beliefs and policies directed to people perceived to belong to an undesirable group. Post release success (i.e. staying out of prison) involves a very complex set of issues that takes shape in the form of an age-old obstacle: the stigma of being branded with a felony, and serving time in prison. Inmates express its manifestation in the form of racism, under-education, socioeconomic status, and the stigma of having a conviction. This multiplicity comprises a barrier to post-release success. This article focuses on finding solutions to the stigma accompanying released inmates in hopes that interventions in place at various institutions designed to lessen Post-release stigma can be combined and crystallized to assist future institutions with ameliorating this uncomfortable condition. This problem is significant because the most recent data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics shows that nearly 76% of released prisoners were arrested for a new crime within 5 years. Our research has uncovered six ways to approach the solution: 1) Change the metaphor and re-envision the approach. 2) Accept that a stigma can only be shed in increments. 3) Cultivate and acquire a new self-image through basic credentials and education efforts. 4) Tailoring the current education efforts to fit the skill and desirability requirements of the workplace. 5) A role-model program, to restock the paucity of role-models in this environment who provide inspiration for self-improvement. 6) Cultivate and acquire a new public image by increasing the inmate's value to future employers with a trust-enhancement program.


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  • Subject
    • Criminal Justice

  • Institution
    • Dahlonega

  • Event location
    • Library Technology Center 382

  • Event date
    • 24 March 2017

  • Date submitted

    19 July 2022

  • Additional information
    • Acknowledgements:

      Dr. John Stu Batchelder (