Honors Capstone Project
Date of Submission
Arts and Science
Capstone Prize Winner
Won Capstone Funding
Criminology | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology
Prisoner reentry has been an ever-increasing topic of investigation as communities work to reduce recidivism and mitigate the negative consequences that mass incarceration and release from incarceration has on individuals and communities. This qualitative, interview-based study of a reentry program in a Northeastern City centers the experiences of formerly incarcerated persons who are currently in various stages of the reentry process over those of program staff. I use these experiences as well as existing literature on prisoner reentry, reentry programming, and labor to evaluate and understand the shortcomings of such programs from the perspective of those directly involved in and impacted by them. I found that there is an ambivalence towards Safe Haven, other reentry programs, community supervision, and clients of these services, which manifests itself most saliently when interviewees are discussing their peers. My research indicates that the clients of reentry programs experience ambivalence towards these programs and other post-carceral institutions. This ambivalence is often coupled with social distancing, which typically occurs when clients discuss other clients as well as when they discuss their community. Drawing primarily upon the work of Merton and Barber, Comfort, Miller, and Mijs, I argue that the liminal space of reentry produces sociological ambivalence and social distancing.
Woods, Shatira, "Between Somewhere and Nowhere: Navigating the Liminal Space of Prisoner Reentry" (2019). Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects. 1109.
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