Social Capital Among Women Offenders: Examining the Distribution of Social Networks and Resources

The less education and income a formerly incarcerated woman has, the less social capital she is likely to have, which is defined here as access to resources via a social network, measured in both quantity and quality. This article analyzes data from 402 interviews with formerly incarcerated women to understand the connection between demographics, particularly income and education levels, and social capital. This is important given other research that emphasizes the importance of social support and resources in assisting formerly incarcerated women with reintegrating back into society.


Reisig, M. D., Holtfreter, K., & Morash, M. (2002). Social Capital Among Women Offenders: Examining the Distribution of Social Networks and Resources. Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, 18(2), 167–187. https://heinonline.org/HOL/P?h=hein.journals/jccj18&i=160

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Open Access Source: https://booksc.org/book/43486800/791b1a

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