This research study considers criminalized women’s lived experiences while in custody and upon release. The study pays particular attention to women’s perceptions of institutional programming with the purpose of outlining service and other gaps and clarifying how co-operative initiatives might fill these gaps.
It explores how participation in a co-operative can impact the capacity of provincially sentenced women to negotiate incarceration and successfully reintegrate into the community upon release from custody. The study provides women the opportunity to voice their needs and hopes, their stories and experience of imprisonment, and their capacity for social, economic, cultural, and civic integration. It explores how living under conditions of confinement may structure women’s choices, their social, cultural, and civic identities, and shape their mental well-being and their capacity to manage their lives upon release — and what participating in a co-operative might mean for their capacities and choices.
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Citation: Findlay, I. M. ; Popham, J. ; Ince, P. ; Takahashi, S. (2013). Through the Eyes of Women: What a Co-operative Can Mean in Supporting Women During Confinement and Integration. Saskatoon, SK: Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, University of Saskatchewan.
-Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, U of S