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Caught UpGirls, Surveillance, and Wraparound Incarceration$
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Jerry Flores

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520284876

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520284876.001.0001

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Hooks for Change and Snares for Confinement

Hooks for Change and Snares for Confinement

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(p.110) Chapter 5 Hooks for Change and Snares for Confinement
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Caught Up
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Jerry Flores

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520284876.003.0006

For girls in El Valle and Legacy, incarceration is a central component of their lives. However, once kids turn 18, the violations that previously landed them in juvenile detention now lead directly to adult prisons. I identify the key turning points that lead girls in my study from detention to college, gainful employment, or the larger California prison system. I also reveal the key moments in girls’ development when they are ready and willing for positive change. Unfortunately, many youth are so entrenched in the criminal justice system that when they become ready for change, exiting the criminal justice system becomes impossible. I inform scholars understanding of young women and criminal desistance, as well as the institutional and interpersonal factors that prevent these youth from exiting the criminal justice system. This final section sheds light on the key factors that educators and criminal justice agencies can look for when attempting to make positive interventions in young peoples' life trajectories. It also sheds light on the shortcomings of wraparound services and further verifies my argument that these services resemble wraparound incarceration.

Keywords:   Life Course, Feminist Criminology, Hooks for Change, Criminal Desistance, Gender and Crime

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