Date of Award

5-1-2013

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

M.S.W.

Department

Social Work and Public Health

First Advisor

Dr. Joyce M. Goosby

Second Advisor

Dr. Vimala Pillari

Abstract

The field of Social Work covers an array of avenues which we advocate and apply practice, research and policy such as abuse, education and employment barriers, and mental health issues. Prior Social Work practice has scarcely address the issue of recidivism among African American males who are drug offenders. An essential factor of research evaluation of the public policies derived from the War on Drugs and how these policies fuel recidivism among African American males in Atlanta, Georgia. Recidivism is a viscous cycle which keeps African American male out of the African American homes and communities causing a detrimental effect on children, families, communities and the drug offender. A qualitative and quantitative analysis was used in this study. The research indicated factors such as employment discrimination, housing and social services restrictions, socio-economical, and socio-psychological factors all play a vital rule in recidivism among African American males in Atlanta, Georgia. The research developed insight into why public policies derived from the War on Drugs should be evaluated for their effectiveness on stemming drug abuse and consequences of creating an oppressed class of individuals who are given minimal chances of becoming rehabilitated and leading law abiding lives within society.

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