Moving Practice Into Theory: Bringing Real-World Considerations to a Systemic Perspective on Incarceration

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This commentary reviews two articles suggesting strategies and further research for using family therapy approaches to prisoner reentry. One article is focused on the offender returning to the community. The other focuses on the children of incarcerated parents. For the former, the commentary identifies specific populations for whom this approach offers the most promise and identifies programs currently in use that can provide further insight into how such programs should be designed and utilized. For the second, it points out the many issues that children of incarcerated parents have with children affected by other types of parental separation including overseas deployment, divorce, and death.

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