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Working for JusticeA Handbook of Prison Education and Activism$
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Stephen John Hartnett, Eleanor Novek, and Jennifer K. Wood

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037702

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037702.001.0001

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Serving Time by Coming Home

Serving Time by Coming Home

Communicating Hope through a Reentry Court

(p.103) Chapter 5 Serving Time by Coming Home
Working for Justice

Jeralyn Faris

University of Illinois Press

This chapter demonstrates how a reentry court in West Lafayette enables former prisoners to build new lives and stay out of trouble by supporting them with a team of legal specialists, social workers, health and job counselors, and other staff. While reentry is a part of the criminal-justice system and “doing time,” a reentry Problem Solving Court (PSC) is also an effort to reform the prison-industrial society. The chapter studies the deep power structures whereby the reentry court shapes ex-prisoners' experiences and navigation of court boundaries and surveillance as they become both disciplined and agentic in their path to becoming contributing citizens. It argues that the PSC demonstrates Michel Foucault's art of governing by creating a “subtle integration” of coercion and agency via its communicative organization.

Keywords:   reentry, Problem Solving Court, prison-industrial society, criminal-justice system, ex-prisoners, contributing citizens, subtle integration

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