ORCID Identifier(s)

0009-0001-3186-7606

Graduation Semester and Year

2023

Language

English

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work

Department

Social Work

First Advisor

Anne Nordberg

Abstract

Health, social, and justice outcomes for returning residents after incarceration are concerning, with implications for service providers, especially in non-urban areas. Texas has made efforts to reduce its incarcerated population, but more attention is necessary to improve outcomes for returning residents. The state is only able to offer services to a small number of returning residents, and non-profit organizations are filling the gap of reentry service provision. This study aimed to understand what services are being offered by non-governmental reentry providers in non-urban areas of Texas through a mixed-methods, directed content analysis of reentry providers' websites. The results summarize features of reentry providers through descriptive statistics and explore services, guided by the domains listed in the National Reentry Resource Center’s toolkit and the constructs within the Well-Being Development Model. A snapshot of the current availability of key services offered by reentry providers in non-urban counties in Texas is presented along with analysis of the well-being constructs reflected on their websites. Critical findings outside of these frameworks include the emphasis on Christian-based service provision in non-urban areas and high use of volunteers for service delivery. These results can be used when planning a more supportive reentry network for returning residents in Texas.

Keywords

Reentry, Returning residents, Well-being, Recidivism

Disciplines

Social and Behavioral Sciences | Social Work

License

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Comments

Degree granted by The University of Texas at Arlington

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