This chapter focuses on how people with a history of short-term incarceration engage with the criminal justice system. It is based on analysis of interview data with men and women who had been incarcerated in a county-level facility in Massachusetts; they were interviewed up to five times (once prerelease and four times postrelease). A primary goal of most was to be free of or minimize criminal justice system contact (not just incarceration), and this drove their approach to criminal justice system contact. In spite of this goal, they often remained ensnared for lengthy periods.
This chapter is based on work supported by the National Science Foundation Grant Number SES-1322965. I thank Casey Ryan, David Copeland, Audris Campbell, Eileen Kirk, and Adam Pittman for their research assistance.
Leverentz, A. (2018), "Churning Through The System: How People Engage With The Criminal Justice System When Faced With Short Sentences", After Imprisonment (Studies in Law, Politics, and Society, Vol. 77), Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 123-143. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1059-433720180000077006
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