Source: (2008) Current Issues in Criminal Justice. 20:307-312.

Post release programs are typically understood as functioning to reintegrate offenders into the community. More critical accounts have reconstructed such integrative programs - as well as the wider restorative justice movement - in terms of metaphors of 'revolving doors' and 'net widening' effects. These metaphors capture some of their practices and functions. However, my interest is in the way in which a third space has emerged which is neither prison nor community (nor a shuffling between or an expansion of these preexisting domains), but rather an autonomous field of social life and regulation. The contours of this third space will be delineated with specific reference to the evaluation of the Melbourne Citymission program Women 4 Work. (excerpt)