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Inclusionary control? Theorizing the effects of penal voluntary organizations’ work

Tomczak, Philippa; Thompson, David

Authors

David Thompson



Abstract

Recent penal policy developments in many jurisdictions suggest an increasing role for voluntary organizations. Voluntary organizations have long worked alongside penal institutions, but the multifaceted ways their programmes affect (ex-)offenders remain insufficiently understood. This article addresses the implications of voluntary organizations’ work with (ex-)offenders, using original empirical data. It adds nuance to netwidening theory, reframing the effects of voluntary organizations’ work as inclusionary and exclusionary. Exclusionary effects sometimes have inclusionary aspects, and inclusionary effects are constrained by a controlling carceral net. We propose the novel concept of inclusionary control. This is not an alibi for punishment but enables rich analysis of the effects of voluntary organizations’ work, and raises possibilities for change in penal practice.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Feb 1, 2019
Journal Theoretical Criminology
Print ISSN 1362-4806
Electronic ISSN 1461-7439
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 23
Issue 1
Pages 4-24
APA6 Citation Tomczak, P., & Thompson, D. (2019). Inclusionary control? Theorizing the effects of penal voluntary organizations’ work. Theoretical Criminology, 23(1), 4-24. https://doi.org/10.1177/1362480617733724
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1362480617733724
Keywords netwidening, punishment, social exclusion, social inclusion, voluntary sector
Publisher URL http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1362480617733724

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