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Incarcerated women, welfare services and the process of re-entering society in Finland (2021)

Salovaara, U. (2021). Incarcerated women, welfare services and the process of re-entering society in Finland. In M. Kuronen, E. Virokannas, & U. Salovaara (Eds.), Women, Vulnerabilities and Welfare Service Systems (pp. 84-95). Routledge. Routledge Advances in Social Work. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429276910-9

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Salovaara, Ulla

Parent publication: Women, Vulnerabilities and Welfare Service Systems

Parent publication editors: Kuronen, Marjo; Virokannas, Elina; Salovaara, Ulla

ISBN: 978-0-367-22802-6

eISBN: 978-0-429-27691-0

Journal or series: Routledge Advances in Social Work

Publication year: 2021

Pages range: 84-95

Number of pages in the book: 186

Publisher: Routledge

Place of Publication: Abingdon, Oxon

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429276910-9

Publication open access: Not open

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/72194


The pathways in and out of crime differ according to gender, people’s life histories, social situations and networks. Before being sentenced, many women have been living in vulnerable and traumatic life situations and violent relationships. Substance abuse often plays a crucial role in committing crimes. Being released from prison and re-entering society is a process that requires women’s own motivation to desist along with help and support from society. This chapter shows how women narrate and describe their experiences after being released from prison and especially how they report the ways in which the welfare system responds to their needs. They discussed their needs for support and services, how they saw the logic of the service system and whether and how they managed to get the services they needed. Being released from prison leads women to a situation with complex and multiple needs, which is challenging the welfare system’s ability to help them.

Keywords: welfare services; social services; women; woman's status; prisons; prisoners; released prisoners; social policy; adaptation (change); societal policy

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Reporting Year: 2021

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