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Parole in Canada
Gender and Diversity in the Federal System
Sarah Turnbull  

$95.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 5/10/2016
ISBN: 9780774831932    

$32.95 Paperback
Release Date: 1/15/2017
ISBN: 9780774831949    

244 Pages

Law and Society series


About the Book

Just as Canada’s population has changed in the past four decades, so too has its prison population. The increasing diversity among prisoners raises important questions about how we punish those who break the law. Parole in Canada is the first book to explore how concerns about Aboriginality, gender, and the multicultural ideal of "diversity" have been interpreted and used to alter federal parole policy and practice.

Using the Parole of Board of Canada as a case study, this book shows how certain facets of offender differences are selectively included for "accommodation," while fundamental institutional structures, practices, and power arrangements remain unchanged. Sarah Turnbull argues that, as the current approach fails to challenge outdated notions about gender, race, and Aboriginality within the penal system, instead of addressing concerns around diversity, these measures end up contributing to further exclusion and discrimination within the system. By tracing the organizational approaches to gender and diversity in Canada’s federal parole system, this important book advances our understanding of penal change and highlights the challenges and complexities of accommodating offender diversities in the pursuit of a more "fair" and "appropriate" penality.

About the Author(s)

Sarah Turnbull is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Criminology at the University of Oxford.

Table of Contents


1: Putting Gender, Race, and Culture on the Penal Agenda

2: Responding to Diversity: Organizational Approaches to Managing Difference

3: In Pursuit of "Appropriate" Decisions: Racialized and Gendered Knowledges within Training and Risk Assessment

4: Cultural Ghettos? Organizational Responses to Aboriginal Peoples

5: Discourses of Difference: Constituting the "Ethnocultural" Offender

6: Conceptual Silos and the Problem of Gender




"There's been a paucity of books addressing culture, race, and gender policy within the Canadian justice system. Sarah Turnbull helps fill this gap by exploring diversity initiatives at the Parole Board of Canada. This book is long overdue."
-- Carmela Murdocca, professor in the Department of Sociology at York University and author of To Right Historical Wrongs: Race, Gender, and Sentencing in Canada

"This accessible, engaging, and comprehensive book will undoubtedly become the key text on diversity within the Canadian federal parole system."
-- Claire Spivakovsky, lecturer in the Department of Criminology at Monash University and author of Racialized Correctional Governance: The Mutual Constructions of Race and Criminal Justice

Sample Chapter

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Related Topics

Gender Studies

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