Available on Amazon Summer of 2018 or directly through the author.

Reunification of Incarcerated Parents with Their Children and Families

Breaking the Barrier for A Successful Re-entry by Susan Magestro

Most incarcerated men and women do not spend their entire lives in prison. Most will get out. They will be neighbors, parents, clients, customers, students, husbands, wives, sisters, brothers, sons, and daughters. With preparation and planning, re-entry (returning) to one’s family and community can be met with great success. Lack of planning provides an open door for future recidivism. Lack of planning increases the chances of inter-generational incarceration within the family. More and more grandparents and grandchildren are visiting their loved ones in prison waiting desperately for their release; forever fearful they will re-offend, and the process will begin yet again.

There are many barriers to successful re-entry: jobs, housing, food, clothing, transportation, and identification to name a few. Many of these barriers can be eliminated when newly released inmates have some type of relationship with their family members. The relationships between re-entrants and their families has been fraught with palpable frustration, lack of trust, disappointment, and disconnection. There are numerous ways to bridge the connection. Many, on both sides, do not know the first steps or strategies to make that happen. This book provides professionals and families a unique approach to breaking barriers and creating plans for successful re-entry. A re-entry process to include self-advocacy, accountability, and predictability verses a process full of chaos and broken promises.

Through My Father’s Eyes

Breaking the Cycle of Trauma by Susan Magestro

  • What causes a father to stop talking for over twenty years?
  • What prohibits a mother from being able to nurture her child?
  • What causes a mother to prey on those she loves?
  • How do they stop their “Cycle of Trauma?”
  • Through Her Father’s Eyes

Available on Amazon Summer of 2018 or directly through the author.

Empowering the Victim:

A New Approach to Stopping and Preventing Bullying by Susan Magestro and Pamela Gerloff (2009)

In Empowering the Victim: A New Approach to Stopping and Preventing Bullying, criminologist Susan Magestro and educator Pamela Gerloff present practical, breakthrough strategies for stopping and preventing bullying based on Magestro’s years of success working with young people who have been bullied. Magestro’s unique background allows her to draw on real cases and reflections of bullying victims who have turned violent. Empowering the Victim is a stand-alone book as well as the text used for Magestro’s training courses and workshops. Her audience includes teachers, school administrators, counselors, therapist’s social workers, psychologists, law enforcement, parents, and community members. Empowering the Victim provides an understanding of bullying through the eyes of the victim, new forms of bullying today, and effective strategies to use with victims that will guide professionals how to recognize warning signs of potential violence and take action to avert a tragedy. The book’s final chapter offers a new framework for understanding bullying as an abuse of power and creating a culture of dignity.