Women's Survival Post-imprisonment: Connecting Imprisonment with Pains Past and Present

Reentry and support programs should acknowledge and seek to remedy the interwoven connection between past traumatic experiences caused by societal marginalization, imprisonment and post-incarceration experiences. Based in Victoria, Australia, this qualitative study documents post-incarceration experiences of women, focusing on the connection between trauma, marginalization and death or near-death experiences. The authors highlight the disproportionately high death rates among the formerly incarcerated population and argue that incarceration is simply a part of the narrative of trauma in the lives of these women and not the focal point or only causation.


Carlton, B., & Segrave, M. (2011). Women’s survival post-imprisonment: Connecting imprisonment with pains past and present. Punishment & Society, 13(5), 551–570. https://doi.org/10.1177/1462474511422174

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Open Access Source: https://booksc.org/book/40333764/fe75aa

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