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Lessons about female ex-offender employment support from a European neighbour: Gender-responsive multiagency work programmes and the use of wage subsidy schemes in Sweden

Lessons about female ex-offender employment support from a European neighbour: Gender-responsive multiagency work programmes and the use of wage subsidy schemes in Sweden

Osterman, Linnea (2019) Lessons about female ex-offender employment support from a European neighbour: Gender-responsive multiagency work programmes and the use of wage subsidy schemes in Sweden. British Journal of Community Justice, 15 (1). pp. 39-52. ISSN 1475-0279

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Abstract

Standing at the junction that marks 10 years on from the landmark Corston Report, it is an apt time to look forward and think both critically and creatively about future directions for women, criminal justice and reintegration. By turning the criminological gaze to a European neighbour - one that has often been described in terms of an ‘exceptional’ penal landscape - this brief article offers a case study exploration of the use of gender-responsive multiagency work programmes and wage subsidy schemes to support female ex-offenders into meaningful employment in Sweden. Following some introductory reflective thoughts on the role of gender in the ex-offender labour market entry puzzle, the structures and core ingredients of a successful multiagency work programme in Sweden will be detailed1, drawing on qualitative interview data with both practitioners and female participants. Attention will then be directed to the use of wage subsidy schemes to support female reintegration through employment. The article will be concluded with a call for a shift in thinking towards long-term socio-economic investments in what is described as ‘structural desistance tools’, emphasising the lasting value of finding creative solutions to encourage inclusive citizenship processes that give women exiting criminal justice a fairer chance of successful reintegration.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Female offenders – Gender-responsive programme – Employment – Wage subsidy – Desistance - Sweden
Subjects: K Law > KD England and Wales
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities
Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Department of Law
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 15:04
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/18251

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