Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Level



Sociology and Criminology


Sabon, Lauren

Committee Member/Reader

Bradley, Mindy

Committee Member/Second Reader

Stauss, Kimberly

Committee Member/Third Reader

Warren, Ron


Previous research on reentry programming has focused mostly on male inmates and less attention is given to female inmates. In Arkansas, where female reentry rates have recently increased, research is needed to add to the conversation surrounding effective programming for previously justice-involved women, its impact on their lives and behaviors, and how this can influence the likelihood of recidivism. This qualitative study also aims to discover whether reentry programming can have a positive impact on the local community. Residents and staff at a local Northwest Arkansas transitional housing facility for previously justice-involved women were interviewed to analyze the effects of the programming on women’s behaviors and lives. In this research, I found the themes of structured living, emotional education, and intentional support networks to be of the most importance. These all had been a major impact on women’s behavioral strategies and barriers to successful reentry. It was also found that utilization of community resources and giving back to the community increased opportunities for community outreach and education on previously incarcerated women and community relations and connections with the women.


reentry, recidivism, recovery, community relations