Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology

The Voluntary Sector in Prisons

Encouraging Personal and Institutional Change

Editors: Abrams, L.S., Hughes, E., Inderbitzin, M., Meek, R. (Eds.)

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This volume examines how volunteers and non-profit programs encourage institutional change in prisons and offer individual support and services to people who are housed behind bars. Through a diverse set of chapters, including two that are co-written by current prisoners, the volume spans the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada, and juvenile and adult facilities. The book showcases the exciting, groundbreaking, and yet often unrecognized work that the voluntary sector provides in correctional settings. Collectively, the chapters highlight beneficial practices while raising critical questions about the role of the voluntary sector in prison and reentry settings. The chapters also offer useful information about how to implement innovative prison programs that promote health, education, and peer support. 


About the authors

Laura S. Abrams is Professor of Social Welfare at the Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA, California, USA. She is the author of Compassionate Confinement: A Year in the Life of Unit C (2013) and Life After Juvie: Young Men and Women on Desistance, Survival, and Becoming an Adult (forthcoming). 

Emma Hughes is Associate Professor of Criminology at California State University, Fresno, USA. She is the author of the book Education in Prison: Studying through Distance Learning (2012). She has contributed book chapters on offender rehabilitation to edited volumes and previously lectured at Birmingham City University, UK. 

Michelle Inderbitzin is Associate Professor of Sociology in the School of Public Policy at Oregon State University, USA. She is the lead author of the books Deviance and Social Control: A Sociological Perspective (2013) and Perspectives on Deviance and Social Control (2015).


Rosie Meek is Professor, Chartered Psychologist, and Head of the Law School at Royal Holloway University of London, UK. She is the author of Sport in Prison (2014) and is a Fulbright distinguished scholar, University of California, San Diego, USA. 

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“Acting on one’s own volition is the essence of being human, so it is striking to read about the remarkable volunteerism of prisoners and other citizens taking place in that most involuntary of institutions, the prison. Read together, the insightful contributions to this first-of-its-kind volume represent a real testament to some of the best of humanity working in some of our least humane institutions.”  (Shadd Maruna, Professor of Education and Dean of Rutgers School of Criminal Justice, USA)

“Criminologists and sociologists who study punishment and rehabilitation have always tended to assume the centrality of the state and its penal institutions in their analysis. Despite Durkheim’s enduring influence, the role of civil society in both punishment and reintegration has often been neglected. This excellent collection of essays begins to remedy this neglect by examining the role of volunteers, volunteering and non-profit organizations in these processes. Spanning multiple perspectives and reflecting on both research and lived experience, this book provides a rich resource both for deepening academic analyses and for practical projects of penal reform.” (Fergus McNeill, Professor of Criminology and Social Work, University of Glasgow, UK)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Introduction: The Significance of Voluntary Sector Provision in Correctional Settings

    Pages 3-20

    Abrams, Laura S. (et al.)

  • Non-profit and Voluntary Sector Programs in Prisons and Jails: Perspectives from England and the USA

    Pages 21-51

    Hughes, Emma

  • Learning and Practicing Citizenship and Democracy Behind Bars

    Pages 55-83

    Inderbitzin, Michelle (et al.)

  • Leading by Example: Ways That Prisoners Give Back to Their Communities

    Pages 85-114

    Inderbitzin, Michelle (et al.)

  • Movements Towards Desistance via Peer-Support Roles in Prison

    Pages 115-142

    Perrin, Christian (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Voluntary Sector in Prisons
Book Subtitle
Encouraging Personal and Institutional Change
Editors
  • Laura S. Abrams
  • Emma Hughes
  • Michelle Inderbitzin
  • Rosie Meek
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-54215-1
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-54215-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-54214-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 374
Number of Illustrations
3 illustrations in colour
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