chapter  11
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Transition from Confinement to Community

Given the effects of prison life described in Chapter 10, it is apparent that incarceration is far from the optimal means of preparing offenders for a law-abiding lifestyle in the community. No matter how punitive the public may be, the fact is that, at some point, nearly all inmates are eventually eligible for release. The inevitable may be temporarily postponed, but in most cases it cannot be totally prevented.