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I Do What I’m Told, Sort of: Reformed Subjects, Unruly Citizens, and Parole

People under parole supervision are more inclined to 'comply' with parole requirements when they can do so on their own terms. Based on interviews and observations with 24 people on parole in California over a period of 9 months, this article examines how people navigate their parole requirements and highlights that parole paradoxically requires people to prove their autonomy while simultaneously inhibiting their ability to do so.

Werth, R. (2012). I do what I’m told, sort of: Reformed subjects, unruly citizens, and parole. Theoretical Criminology, 16(3), 329–346.


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