Reducing Recidivism and Homelessness: Centering Prisoner Reentry within Safe, Secure, and Affordable Housing

Faith E. Lutze

Housing is critical to successful reentry because it serves as a refuge for ex-offenders to manage their social, medical, psychological, and economic wellbeing. This presentation reports on Washington State’s successful experiment with coordinating community corrections supervision, social services, and housing support to high-risk individuals who would have otherwise been released from prison as homeless.

Faith E. Lutze

Faith E. Lutze, PhD, is Professor and Graduate Director in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Washington State University, and serves as Vice President of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Her current research interests include community corrections, homelessness and reentry, correctional industries and offender employment, incarcerated veterans with traumatic brain injury, drug courts, and gender and justice with an emphasis on masculinity.
Professor Lutze is the author of the book, The Professional Lives of Community Corrections Officers: The Invisible Side of Reentry (2014) and has published the results of her research in various journals including Criminal Justice and Behavior, Justice Quarterly, Crime & Delinquency, Criminology and Public Policy, Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, and the Journal of Criminal Justice. She teaches courses on gender and justice, violence toward women, and corrections. She is active in the community supporting violence prevention programs, promoting equality, and serving her rural community as an emergency medical technician.

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