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The ex-prisoner's dilemma : how women negotiate competing narratives of reentry and desistance

Author: Andrea M Leverentz
Publisher: New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press, [2014]
Series: Critical issues in crime and society.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Longitudinal studies
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Andrea M Leverentz
ISBN: 9780813562285 0813562287 9780813562278 0813562279 0813562295 9780813562292
OCLC Number: 853618654
Language Note: Text in English.
Description: x, 231 pages ; 23 cm.
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.
Series Title: Critical issues in crime and society.
Responsibility: Andrea M. Leverentz.

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"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.

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