aware of one another’s policies and practices, which create inefficiencies and obstacles for former prisoners. In addition, some of these institutions may not have the institutional capacity to provide services to releasees, or they may not be familiar with the special problems of this population. This gap in the capacity of service providers is difficult to address, but it is a complaint often voiced by community residents when asked what should be done to support former prisoners in their transition from prison to local community (Visher and Farrell, 2005).

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