Carceral Devolution and the Transformation of Urban America

  • Reuben Jonathan MillerEmail author
  • Gwendolyn Purifoye
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology book series (PSIPP)


This chapter examines the ways in which prisoner reentry has transformed the urban landscape and its broader implications as the rehabilitative strategy of choice in the current age. Following broader policy trends, we find prisoner reentry to be a part of a larger process of responsibilization that offloads the responsibility of the state to ensure the social, civic, and political participation of its residents onto third-sector organizations, prisoners’ families, and former prisoners themselves. Tracing these developments, we show how reentry exhibits one way that the state has been reconfigured to manage the urban poor while embedding punishment more deeply within the social body.


Criminal Justice Community Correction Parole Office Criminal Justice Policy Rehabilitative Service 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.Kent State University-StarkNorth CantonUSA

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