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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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(p.229) Conclusion

Carolyn Sufrin

University of California Press

This concluding chapter emphasizes the fundamentally ambiguous nature of jailcare. Jailcare arises amid circumstances in which a person's deservingness to be cared for is actively called into question, affirmed, and conditionally defined. It indexes the mutual coexistence of the violence of punitive discipline with the concern and attention of caregiving. This disturbing coexistence shows that vulnerability and care are core dimensions of social life, even in harsh institutional settings. The chapter explores these ambiguities in more depth, as it examines recent policies regarding jailcare as well as the perceptions of inmates toward not only jailcare but also life in “jail beyond jail.”

Keywords:   jailcare, deservingness, punitive discipline, caregiving, vulnerability, care, institutional settings, jailcare policies

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