Reconfiguration of penality: the ongoing case of the women's imprisonment and re-integration industries

Pat Carlen, Jacqueline Tombs

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    Abstract

    Illustrating their arguments with empirical examples drawn from two recent research projects—one cross-European, the other Scottish—the authors argue that the new multi-layering of carceral forms in both prison and the community is one major, but under-explored, cause of continuing increases in women’s prison populations. Whether it is because sentencers believe the reintegration industry’s rhetoric about the effectiveness of in-prison programmes in ‘reintegrating’ ex-prisoners, or whether, conversely, it is because sentencers are reluctant to award transcarceral and over-demanding community sentences which set women up to fail, the result is the same—more women go to prison.

    Original languageEnglish
    JournalTheoretical Criminology
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2006

    Keywords

    • imprisonment
    • transcarceralism
    • sentencing
    • criminology
    • women

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