A whole new world…: exploring transcarceral habitus and women’s transition from closed to an open Prison

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Abstract

This article examines women’s experiences of moving from a closed to an open prison in England. Transition to open prison is often viewed in a positive, reformist light and although androcentric auto-ethnographical work has demonstrated challenges associated with this pivot when serving a long-term sentence, much less is known about the experiences of women. Using interview discussions, this article draws upon the concept of transcarceral habitus (Quinn, 2022) to examine experiences of transfer and adaptation to the open prison within the broader context of the lives of criminalised women. By extending our understanding of the women’s open prison as a site of punishment and recognising the connections and pluralities of women’s carceral experiences, this article seeks to disrupt unhelpful binaries that legitimise the incarceration of women and the open prison estate.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-97
JournalHoward Journal of Crime and Justice
Volume63
Issue number1
Early online date31 Oct 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2024

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