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A Halfway House for Women
Oppression and Resistance
Gail A. Caputo



Northeastern Series on Gender, Crime, and Law

Northeastern
2014 • 296 pp. 6 1/8 x 9 1/4”
Criminology / Women's Studies / Penology

$35.00 Paperback, 978-1-55553-842-2
$85.00 Hardcover, 978-1-55553-841-5

$34.99 Ebook, 978-1-55553-843-9

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“Gail A. Caputo gives us the revealing and deeply troubling account of the failure of reentry programs to serve the unique needs of women offenders... [continued in Reviews below]”—Joan Petersilia, Adelbert H. Sweet Professor of Law, Stanford Law School,

The first in-depth analysis of women's lives in a halfway house, based on personal observation and interviews

Although halfway houses have been touted for years as affirmative rehabilitation locations that ready women for life in the outside world, in this remarkable case study Gail Caputo shows how these places reinforce patterns of control and abuse that reaffirm the dependency and victimization of the inmates. Based on observations made while living and working alongside women at a halfway house within the prison system in a city in the Northeast, Caputo's analysis is anchored in the words and experiences of over a dozen women. Organized according to the progression of "levels" residents traverse during their time in the house, and the rules and behaviors associated with each level, Caputo offers a riveting look at what passes for "rehabilitation" and "reintegration" in such places, and delineates the many ways these women retain agency by resisting regulations designed to keep them in their place.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“Gail A. Caputo gives us the revealing and deeply troubling account of the failure of reentry programs to serve the unique needs of women offenders. In the best ethnographic study I have ever read, she adds a new dimension to the debate about gender-specific programs, and illustrates how even well-intentioned reintegration programs remained fundamentally flawed when embedded in a punitive justice system. . . Anyone concerned about mass incarceration, the effectiveness of reentry programs, and crime policy should consider this a must-read.”—Joan Petersilia, Adelbert H. Sweet Professor of Law, Stanford Law School

“Rich with ethnographic detail, this book offers valuable descriptions of what it is like for women cycling through the criminal justice system. . . . For feminist scholars, these volumes raise hard questions about the role of supposedly gender-sensitive discourses in furthering the oppression of criminalized women.” 
Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society



GAIL A. CAPUTO is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice at Rutgers University.



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