“When you’re done… you’re still part of our family:” An Exploration of Gendered Scripts and Relationships in Prison Reentry Programs

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“When you’re done… you’re still part of our family:” An Exploration of Gendered Scripts and Relationships in Prison Reentry Programs

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Presenter(s)

Ruthey Schultz

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This presentation was given live via Zoom at 11:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) on Wednesday, April 22, 2020.

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Historically, the U.S. prison population has been comprised of mostly men. As the number of offenders who are women rises, social services have been tasked with addressing the needs of returning citizens with an increasing focus on gender. Past research has largely focused on gender specific needs within the criminal justice system itself. This project explores perceptions of gender in reentry among social service workers, which will demonstrate how gender is conceptualized and reproduced within these services. I conducted 18 interviews with social service workers to ask about their perceptions on gender in reentry and how their organizations interact with gender. Social service workers often reported diverse gender needs in terms of external barriers such as trauma, community perceptions, social support, and parenting responsibilities. These findings reveal gender reproduction and interactions within the context of reentry and analyze how gender identity intersects with an “ex-offender” status.

Publication Date

4-22-2020

Project Designation

Capstone Project

Primary Advisor

Anya Galli Robertson, Jamie L. Small

Primary Advisor's Department

Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

Keywords

Stander Symposium Posters, College of Arts and Sciences

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Gender Equality; Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions

“When you’re done… you’re still part of our family:” An Exploration of Gendered Scripts and Relationships in Prison Reentry Programs

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