“Me and the Law is Not Friends”: How Former Prisoners Make Sense of Reentry

Simply having all the right resources isn't enough to make a person want a different life. Indeed, decisions to participate in criminal economies are not simply material, but rather, are related how people perceive their political, economic, and social contexts and the possibilities for their futures. This ethnographic study with members of a boxing gym over a 4-year-period examines how those conceptions impact decisions about reentry and whether or not to engage in crime.


Trimbur, L. (2009). “Me and the Law is Not Friends”: How Former Prisoners Make Sense of Reentry. Qualitative Sociology, 32(3), 259–277. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11133-009-9134-4

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Open Access Source: https://booksc.org/book/8123080/817093

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