Faculty Publications

Title

Women on parole: Understanding the impact Of Surveillance

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Female offenders, Parole, Reentry

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Women and Criminal Justice

Volume

19

Issue

4

First Page

306

Last Page

328

Abstract

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.

Original Publication Date

12-1-2009

DOI of published version

10.1080/08974450903224345

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