Back to Nothing: Prisoner Reentry and Neoliberal Neglect

The reentry industry, as an extension of the carceral state, is a well-functioning engine of structural and racialized inequity in U.S. society. Based on three years of relationship-building with and observation of 15 formerly incarcerated people in Oakland, CA, this article analyzes the connection between the expansion of the carceral state, the diminishing welfare state, and the systemic oppression of Black and brown people. The author provides excerpts from interviews alongside historical research to show how social and penal institutions neglect, abandon and are indifferent to already marginalized populations.


De Giorgi, A. (2017). Back to Nothing: Prisoner Reentry and Neoliberal Neglect. Social Justice, 44(1 (147)), 83–120. http://www.jstor.org/stable/26405739

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Open Access Source: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/323858085_Back_to_Nothing_Prisoner_Reentry_and_Neoliberal_Neglect

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