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    Planning for precarity? Experiencing the carceral continuum of imprisonment and reentry

    Balfour, G. and Hannah-Moffat, K. and Turnbull, Sarah (2018) Planning for precarity? Experiencing the carceral continuum of imprisonment and reentry. Studies in Law, Politics and Society 77 , pp. 31-48. ISSN 1059-4337.

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    Drawing on qualitative interviews with formerly imprisoned people in Canada, we show that most prisoners experience reentry into communities with little to no pre-release planning, and must rely upon their own resourcefulness to navigate fragmented social services and often informal supports. In this respect, our research findings contrast with U.S. punishment and society scholarship that highlights a complex shadow carceral state that extends the reach of incarceration into communities. Our participants expressed a critical analysis of the failure of the prison to address the needs of prisoners for release planning and supports in the community. Our findings concur with other empirical studies that demonstrate the enduring effects of the continuum of carceral violence witnessed and experienced by prisoners after release. Thus, reentry must be understood in relation to the conditions of confinement and the experience of incarceration itself. We conclude that punishment and society scholarship needs to attend to a nuanced understanding of prisoner reentry and connect reentry studies to a wider critique of the prison industrial complex, offering more empirical evidence of the failure of prisons.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: ISBN: 9781787692701
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): reentry, imprisonment, precarity, penality, structural risk
    School: School of Law
    Depositing User: Sarah Turnbull
    Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2018 09:06
    Last Modified: 10 Jun 2021 07:06


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