Re-entry problems: the post-prison challenges and experiences of former political prisoners in South Africa and Northern Ireland

Bill Rolston, Lillian Artz

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Abstract

Re-entry into society after imprisonment is problematic. However, politically motivated prisoners can potentially draw on their collective solidarity and social legitimacy to smooth re-entry. That possibility is examined by focusing on ex-combatants in South Africa and Northern Ireland who organised against the state, but later came to support conflict transformation in a radically altered state. Re-entry was thus a two-way process where ex-prisoners took up opportunities for inclusion while society worked to ensure their inclusion, thus allowing them to manage the problems of re-entry. The evidence is explored to show that this process was more successful in NorthernIreland than in South Africa.
LanguageEnglish
Pages861-880
JournalInternational Journal of Human Rights
Volume18
Issue number7-8
Publication statusPublished - 10 Dec 2014

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