Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)


School of Social Work

Degree Name



Social Work and Public Health

First Advisor

Hattie M. Mitchell

Second Advisor

Vimala Pillari

Third Advisor

Dr. William H. Boone


Undeniably, ex-offenders make up a notable portion of the citizens in communities across this country. This reality has prompted thousands of communities to develop services that will assist with the transition from prison into society. This study will examine the literature and discuss a number of the current services that are available to ex-offenders and how the presence of family support can influence the transitional experience. This thesis will present a calling to the social work profession to implement programs that evaluate the perception held by ex-offenders of the current services that are rendered and assist in building healthy family systems for the community at large.

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