Pedagogy of Individual Choice and Female Inmate Reentry in the U.S. Southwest

Ignoring the social structures and inequities that impact the likelihood of 'success' when reentering society after incarceration is both unhelpful and counterproductive. Through interviews with 99 currently incarcerated women scheduled to be released within 6 months, this study examines the validity of 'reentry preparation' practices used in prison. The authors observe that most women blame themselves for failures they experience during reentry, a product of the heavy focus on individual responsibility in reentry programs.


Kellett, N. C., & Willging, C. E. (2011). Pedagogy of individual choice and female inmate reentry in the U.S. Southwest. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 34(4), 256–263. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijlp.2011.07.003

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Open Access Source: https://booksc.org/book/13504209/d1671f

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