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Author Leverentz, Andrea M., 1973-

Title The ex-prisoner's dilemma : how women negotiate competing narratives of reentry and desistance / Andrea M. Leverentz.

Publication Info. New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press, [2014]


Location Call No. Status
 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Standard Shelving Location  365.66 L661E    Check Shelf
Description x, 231 pages ; 23 cm.
Series Critical issues in crime and society
Critical issues in crime and society.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-213) and index.
Contents The mercy home and the discourse of reentry and desistance -- Introducing the women and their pathways to offending -- A year in the life : evolving perspectives on desistance and reentry -- Family dynamics in reentry and desistance -- Women's chosen relationships and their role in self-redefinition -- Education, employment, and a house of one's own: conventional markers of success.
Summary "When a woman leaves prison, she enters a world of competing messages and conflicting advice. Staff from prison, friends, family members, workers at halfway houses and treatment programs all have something to say about who she is, who she should be, and what she should do. The Ex-Prisoner's Dilemma offers an in-depth, firsthand look at how the former prisoner manages messages about returning to the community. Over the course of a year, Andrea Leverentz conducted repeated interviews with forty-nine women as they adjusted to life outside of prison and worked to construct new ideas of themselves as former prisoners and as mothers, daughters, sisters, romantic partners, friends, students, and workers. Listening to these women, along with their family members, friends, and co-workers, Leverentz pieces together the narratives they have created to explain their past records and guide their future behavior. She traces where these narratives came from and how they were shaped by factors such as gender, race, maternal status, age, and experiences in prison, halfway houses, and twelve-step programs--factors that in turn shaped the women's expectations for themselves, and others' expectations of them. The women's stories form a powerful picture of the complex, complicated human experience behind dry statistics and policy statements regarding prisoner reentry into society for women, how the experience is different for men and the influence society plays. With its unique view of how society's mixed messages play out in ex-prisoners' lived realities, The Ex-Prisoner's Dilemma shows the complexity of these women's experiences within the broad context of the war on drugs and mass incarceration in America."--Publisher's description.
Language Text in English.
Subject Women prisoners -- Rehabilitation -- United States.
Criminals -- Rehabilitation -- United States.
Ex-convicts -- Services for -- United States.
Prisoners -- Family relationships -- United States.
Ex-convicts -- United States -- Longitudinal studies.
Förenta staterna.
Criminals -- Rehabilitation. (OCoLC)fst00883537
Ex-convicts. (OCoLC)fst00917418
Ex-convicts -- Services for. (OCoLC)fst00917435
Prisoners -- Family relationships. (OCoLC)fst01077141
Women prisoners -- Rehabilitation. (OCoLC)fst01178414
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Brottslingar -- Förenta staterna -- 2000-talet.
Rehabilitering -- anpassning.
Criminals -- United States -- 21st century.
Rehabilitation -- adaptation.
Kvinnliga fångar.
Genre/Form Longitudinal studies. (OCoLC)fst01423812
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