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JailcareFinding the Safety Net for Women behind Bars$
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Carolyn Sufrin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520288669

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520288669.001.0001

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At Home in Jail

At Home in Jail

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Carolyn Sufrin

University of California Press

This chapter demonstrates how a tragic state of affairs, one in which economic insecurity and the frayed safety net, coupled with the expansion of carceral institutions, have made jail a safe and even desirable place for women like the ones interviewed so far in this book. In contrast to their precarious and sometimes violent lives on the streets, jail provided safety and stability, and thus became a version of home. But this version of home is shaded with the knowledge that safety is predicated on criminality: punishment is the institutional form that safety and security takes, hence the relationship between the violence of the streets and the care of carcerality.

Keywords:   home, economic insecurity, public safety net, carceral institutions, street life, jail, criminality, street violence, carceral care, poverty

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