This article explores a central finding from a process evaluation of a federal reentry court programme entitled the Supervision to Aid Reentry (STAR) programme in Philadelphia, PA, USA. Using inductive and deductive analyses, results revealed that the STAR programme helps participants build social capital by encouraging family involvement as well as the development of relationships among programme participants. Family involvement and relationships among participants were found to offer participants social and emotional support as well as access to felon-friendly employment opportunities.
Taylor, C.J. (2013). The Supervision to Aid Reentry (STAR) program: Enhancing the social capital of ex-offenders. Probation Journal, 60 (2): 119-135. doi:10.1177/0264550513478319