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Envisioning the Streets: Aspirations and Strategies of Soon-to-be-Released Prisoners

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The scholarship on “prisoner reentry” contains a handful of empirically shallow and theoretically empty claims that soon-to-be-released prisoners want have to “successful reentry,” the precise meaning of which is usually left unclear. Moreover, these claims have not clearly explained how the prospective interests of soon-to-be-released prisoners might inform lines of action behind bars. Drawing on interview and observation data collected among men exiting prison in Oregon, this paper makes a threefold contribution to the scholarship on prisoner reentry and the hollow claim that discharging prisoners want to “succeed;” 1) I demystify the post-prison aspirations and strategies of men approaching release; 2) I consider why short-timing cons are so optimistic about their post-prison life given the tremendous amount of evidence suggesting their life chances are severed; and 3) I situate the aspirations and strategies of soon-to-be-released prisoners within a broader debate on the subjective time-horizons of poor men.

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Seim, Joshua. "Envisioning the Streets: Aspirations and Strategies of Soon-to-be-Released Prisoners" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, Oregon, Mar 27, 2014 <Not Available>. 2014-12-10 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p707903_index.html>

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Seim, J. , 2014-03-27 "Envisioning the Streets: Aspirations and Strategies of Soon-to-be-Released Prisoners" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, Oregon Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2014-12-10 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p707903_index.html

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Abstract: The scholarship on “prisoner reentry” contains a handful of empirically shallow and theoretically empty claims that soon-to-be-released prisoners want have to “successful reentry,” the precise meaning of which is usually left unclear. Moreover, these claims have not clearly explained how the prospective interests of soon-to-be-released prisoners might inform lines of action behind bars. Drawing on interview and observation data collected among men exiting prison in Oregon, this paper makes a threefold contribution to the scholarship on prisoner reentry and the hollow claim that discharging prisoners want to “succeed;” 1) I demystify the post-prison aspirations and strategies of men approaching release; 2) I consider why short-timing cons are so optimistic about their post-prison life given the tremendous amount of evidence suggesting their life chances are severed; and 3) I situate the aspirations and strategies of soon-to-be-released prisoners within a broader debate on the subjective time-horizons of poor men.


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