Therapeutic correctional spaces, transcarceral interventions: post-release support structures and...

Evidence-based reentry practices are often ineffective and unhelpful for formerly incarcerated women. This article provides a thorough analysis of relevant research and finds that 'best practices' for reentry programs are typically based on studies with men and utilize an individualized approach rather than addressing structural barriers to successful reintegration. The authors also conducted interviews with people working and participating in reentry programs, which support their finding that this lack of a gendered approach results in the practices that are unsuccessful at addressing women's needs and, in some cases, cause further harm. Additionally, the authors argue reentry programs in general have become 'transcarceral' in that they simply extend the surveillance and criminalization experienced while incarcerated, rather than providing genuine support to people returning to society.


Carlton, B., & Baldry, E. (2013). Therapeutic correctional spaces, transcarceral interventions: Post-release support structures and realities experienced by women in Victoria, Australia. Women Exiting Prison: Critical Essays on Gender, Post-Release Support and Survival, 140–181. http://dro.deakin.edu.au/view/DU:30113788

Recent Posts

See All