Dissertation Proposal Defense Announcement by Robert M. Ehnow

Dissertation Proposal Defense Announcement by Robert M. Ehnow

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Date and Time

  • Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.

Location

Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, 139

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110

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FORMERLY INCARCERATED ADULTS IN HIGHER EDUCATION: A LIFE-HISTORY STUDY OF A RESTORATIVE APPROACH TO PRISONER REINTEGRATION

by Robert M. Ehnow

Abstract

      There currently are more than two million people incarcerated in the United States. The U.S. is the world’s “leading jailer” with both the highest incarceration rate and the largest number of prisoners. Each year more than 700,000 inmates are released from prison in the U.S. and re-enter their communities. The majority of U.S. prisoners who are released from prison lack the necessary education, work experience, and life skills to successfully reintegrate back into society.
      An alternative to the retributive standard of justice used in the United States is a restorative justice strategy. Restorative justice primarily seeks to restore relationships that were impaired, in part, because of crime. Specifically, a restorative approach to prisoner reintegration seeks to re-establish community support and acceptance for criminal offenders in order to allow them to become beneficial members of society. The literature on prisoner re-entry and reintegration suggests that the formerly incarcerated are more apt to successfully re-enter society when they attain education and employment and maintain familial and community associations.
      Presently, there is a lack of knowledge even about what the formerly incarcerated experience after they are released from prison and participate in post-secondary education. The central research question of this qualitative multi-case study is: What effect has participation in higher education for the formerly incarcerated had on their experiences of reintegration back into their communities? The study will examine barriers to higher education encountered, the social and human capital attained, and former prisoners’ experiences during both incarceration and higher education.
      Five participants will be invited to tell their life stories in order to make meaning of their experiences as both prisoners and, subsequently, as higher education students. One of the life stories will be an auto-ethnographic account of the researcher’s own experience as both a former inmate and, presently, a higher education student. Qualitative interviews will be used to collect data from other participants. Each participant initially will be treated as a single-case study; life-story and phenomenological methods will be used to collect and analyze these data. Then a cross-case analysis will be conducted to compare and contrast the individual cases.

*Note: Dissertation proposal defense is open to current USD faculty, graduate students, and staff.

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