Fostering Family Relationships and Women’s Employment

Abstract

Although people in prison share some commonalities, they also face distinct issues based on who they are and where they are incarcerated. In this article, I offer suggestions regarding re-entry programs and policies for women. I frame these policies through a broader lens of intersectionality and the importance of context. People are embedded in interlocking systems of power, and experiences and positionality are shaped along multiple dimensions. Additionally, to understand criminal justice responses, we must understand the local social, political and economic contexts, as these programs may not translate across jurisdictions if local considerations are not taken into account. Just as crime and criminal justice policies are embedded in larger social worlds, so too are re-entry programs. Three policy areas are considered within this larger framework: drug courts, family reunification and employment.

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Published: 2020-02-25
Pages:126 to 138
Section:Articles
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Author Biography

University of Massachusetts
 United States

Dr. Andrea Leverentz is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is the author of The Ex-Prisoner’s Dilemma: How Women Negotiate Competing Narratives of Reentry and Desistance (Rutgers University Press 2014) and co-editor (with Elsa Chen and Johnna Christian) of Beyond Recidivism: New Approaches to Research on Prisoner Reentry and Reintegration (NYU Press 2020). Her research examines the impact of crime and incarceration on individuals and communities.