Support Needs of Elderly Prisoners Re-entering the Community: Interviews with Staff of Regional Sustained Community Life Support Centers for Elderly and Disabled Ex-offenders

  • SHINOZAKI Hikaru
    首都大学東京大学院人文科学研究科(博士後期課程)

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  • 高齢出所者の地域定着に向けた支援の構造と課題――地域生活定着支援センター職員の語りの分析から――
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<p>In Japan, the rate of recidivism among elderly offenders is high compared to that of other generations. This suggests that in recent years, recidivism prevention for elderly offenders has become an urgent issue. This study proposes to reveal older prisoners’ support needs when re-entering the community. I interviewed staff members at Regional Sustained Community Life Support Centers for Elderly and Disabled Ex-offenders, which provide consultation support for older prisoners. Then I analyzed the data using qualitative content analysis. Interviews revealed three types of difficulties: (1) adjusting to the living environment after release, (2) long intervals between follow-ups for people who live in their own homes, and (3) client behavior of refusing to receive support. These results suggest that older offenders who do not need physical care, just like those who need long-term care, require various types of support.</p>

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