Time after time: Imprisonment, re-entry and enduring temporariness

Fergus McNeill*, Phil Crockett Thomas, Lucy Cathcart Frödén, Jo Collinson Scott, Oliver Escobar, Alison Urie

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This chapter aims to address the scant attention that has been paid to time and temporalities in re-entry and re/integration research. Drawing on data from the ‘Distant Voices—Coming Home’ project, which used creative methods to explore re/integration after punishment—we illustrate and analyse three ‘travails’ of penal time. We use the term travails here to stress the significant, difficult and active work involved in addressing these temporal challenges. Respectively, these travails concern the struggles caused by ‘de-synchrony’ between time inside and outside of prison and the problems of ‘re-synchrony’ that it creates; the contestation of ‘readiness’ for progression and release; and the problem of living with the paradox of ‘enduring temporariness’. In our conclusion, we argue that tackling these three challenges requires people re-entering society to travel not just through spaces and to places but also through time, both backwards and forwards. These journeys are fraught with both difficulty and danger.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTime and Punishment
Subtitle of host publicationNew Contexts and Perspectives
EditorsNicola Carr, Gwen Robinson
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages31
ISBN (Electronic)9783031121081
ISBN (Print)9783031121074, 9783031121098
Publication statusPublished - 3 Nov 2022

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan


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