The Voluntary Sector in Prisons

Encouraging Personal and Institutional Change

  • Laura S. Abrams
  • Emma Hughes
  • Michelle Inderbitzin
  • Rosie  Meek

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology book series (PSIPP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Background

  3. Prisoners as Volunteers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
    2. Michelle Inderbitzin, Joshua Cain, Trevor Walraven
      Pages 55-83
    3. Michelle Inderbitzin, Trevor Walraven, James Anderson
      Pages 85-114
    4. Christian Perrin, Nicholas Blagden
      Pages 115-142
  4. The Non-profit Sector and Prison Culture: Interactions, Boundaries, and Opportunities

  5. Supporting the Supporters:The Voices of Volunteers

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 363-374

About this book


This volume examines how volunteers and non-profit programs encourage institutional change in prisons and offer individual support and services to people who are housed behind bars. Through a diverse set of chapters, including two that are co-written by current prisoners, the volume spans the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada, and juvenile and adult facilities. The book showcases the exciting, groundbreaking, and yet often unrecognized work that the voluntary sector provides in correctional settings. Collectively, the chapters highlight beneficial practices while raising critical questions about the role of the voluntary sector in prison and reentry settings. The chapters also offer useful information about how to implement innovative prison programs that promote health, education, and peer support. 


Voluntary Sector Organizations Corrections Volunteerism Prison Services Re-entry and Resettlement Prisoners Prison Reform REHABILITATION

Editors and affiliations

  • Laura S. Abrams
    • 1
  • Emma Hughes
    • 2
  • Michelle Inderbitzin
    • 3
  • Rosie  Meek
    • 4
  1. 1.Luskin School of Public AffairsUniversity of California Los AngelesCulver CityUSA
  2. 2.CriminologyCalifornia State University, FresnoFresnoUSA
  3. 3.Sociology, School of Public PolicyOregon State University Corvallis,USA
  4. 4.School of LawRoyal Holloway University of LondonEghamUnited Kingdom

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