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A Third Space between the Prison and the Community: Post Release Programs and Re-Integration.

Peacock, Megan
June 4, 2015

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)


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