Gunnison and Helfgott Publish on Offender Reentry

Written by Laura Paskin
September 13, 2013

Criminal Justice Professors Elaine Gunnison and Jacqueline Helfgott 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).

The 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.