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Richard Schuttler


Paroled offenders and ex-offenders' retention and completion for 3 small-sized prisoner-

release intervention programs in Columbus, Ohio, continue to decline. Prisoner-release

intervention programs aid paroled offenders and ex-offenders with societal reentry.

Influenced by the conceptual framework of the social control theory, this exploratory

multiple case study was designed to contribute to the common understanding of the

paroled offenders and ex-offenders' retention and completion in the small-sized prisoner

release intervention programs. The 18 participants included stakeholders from the

criminal justice system, prisoner-release intervention programs, community advocacy

organizations, and drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers. Analysis of data collected

from interviews and telephone calls resulted in the emergence of codes, themes, and

categories. The findings from this study could be used by the programs to establish a

proactive presence in the prison systems before inmate release for early intervention.

Further, the small-sized prisoner-release intervention programs could use the findings to

develop new initiatives, and scholars could use the findings to better understand the

social conditions affecting small-sized prisoner-release intervention programs.