Date of Completion

Winter 12-3-2018

Thesis Advisor(s)

Edith Barrett

Honors Major

Urban and Community Studies


Sociology | Urban Studies and Planning


Young adults reentering into society after incarceration encounter a variety of obstacles that make their transition particularly difficult. Recidivism is a threat that becomes increasingly present in an environment that has negative societal pressures. In consideration of this, the presence of a healthy community support system is crucial for this population. In depth interviews were conducted with seven young adult participants of the Reentry Program at Our Piece of the Pie, Incorporated (OPP) to determine the quality of their current community support systems. Based on the information collected from interviews, it is evident that the full needs of the population are not being satisfied, leaving the population in possibly vulnerable position. The purpose of this thesis is to identify the trends of community support systems, and indicate where the systems are lacking and how the OPP Reentry Program can help.