Sept. 13, 2013
Criminal Justice Professors Elaine Gunnison and Jacqueline Helfgott
(right) published “Offender
Reentry: Beyond Crime and Punishment” (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2013). The
book examines the issues surrounding offender reentry into society. In addition
to their teaching responsibilities, Gunnison directs the Master of Arts in
Criminal Justice program, and Helfgott chairs the Criminal Justice
Department.“There is a constant tension between policies meant to
ensure smooth reintegration and the social forces—especially the stigma of a
criminal record—that can prevent it from happening,” Gunnison said. “That is often complicated by issues related to race, class, and gender,”
Helfgott added. “This is a key criminal justice issue of our time.”“Offender Reentry” draws on accounts from corrections professionals and former
inmates to illustrate the real-life consequences of reentry policy. A key
feature of the book is focus on success rather than failure and the realities of
people’s lives as they take constructive, though not always perfect, steps in
making the transition from prison to community. Gunnison is an
internationally known expert on female offending, corrections, and offender
reentry. Helfgott is an internationally known expert on criminal behavior,
offender reentry, and restorative justice. Helfgott recently published Criminal
Psychology, a 4-volume reference set (Praeger/ABC-CLIO, 2013).
College of Arts and
Sciences, the largest college in Seattle
University, offers 42 undergraduate major and 37 minor degrees, and 7 advanced degrees, including a Master's in Criminal Justice and a Certificate in Crime Analysis.
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