Women On Parole: Understanding The Impact Of Surveillance
Female offenders, Parole, Reentry
Women and Criminal Justice
Research suggests that over the past several decades, the institution of parole has strayed from its original operating tenets of rehabilitation and reintegration and has increasingly become more focused on employing methods centered on surveillance and risk management. This article explores how a group of 43 women reentering their communities via parole understand the purpose of this institution. Through qualitative interviews, these women explain how they perceive parole as a tool intended to monitor their actions as opposed to assist them in getting back on their feet. The findings also demonstrate how this surveillance produces feelings of fear, anxiety, and powerlessness in individuals and how this affects women newly released from prison who are working to regain control over their own lives. © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
Department of Social Work
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DOI of published version
Opsal, Tara D., "Women On Parole: Understanding The Impact Of Surveillance" (2009). Faculty Publications. 2186.