Using GIS to evaluate post-release prisoner services in Newark, New Jersey

Jeff Mellow, Melinda D. Schlager, Joel M. Caplan

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Discharge planning is increasingly prioritized by correctional systems in order to prepare prisoners for their reintegration into society. A goal of discharge planning is to link prisoners with appropriate service providers in the community to meet their needs. A successful discharge plan requires that an optimal level of services exist and work in a coordinated and collaborative way in order to ensure a continuum of care and treatment during the reentry process (Queralt & Witte, 1999). This study utilized Geographic Information System (GIS) to assess the size, demographic characteristics, and needs of the Newark, New Jersey parolee population with the availability, location, and characteristics of health and human service agencies servicing their needs. A random sample of parolees (N = 800) released in 2006 was selected for this study. Social service agency data were obtained from an on-line service agency data base. Results of the analysis include the degree of spatial distribution, accessibility, and availability of services to where the parolees live and the degree of spatial overlap of specific services in an area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)416-425
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Criminal Justice
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Law
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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