Returning captives of the American war on drugs: Issues of community and family reentry

John Hagan, Juleigh Petty Coleman

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Abstract

The 20th century American war on drugs dramatically affected African American inner-city neighborhoods and families, and many within these communities see more signs of vindictiveness than reconstruction in the aftermath of this conflict. This article considers the dilemma that the erosion of state capital and the formation of negative social capital poses for the return of incarcerated parents into these communities and families. It examines new federal family welfare legislation as indicative of state disinvestments in these families. The final part of the article suggests directions for research on the reentry of persons released from prison into these communities and families.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)352-367
Number of pages16
JournalCrime and Delinquency
Volume47
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law

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