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Social Science Penology

Parole in Canada

Gender and Diversity in the Federal System

by (author) Sarah Turnbull

UBC Press
Initial publish date
May 2016
Penology, General, Criminology
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2016
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Oct 2016
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 2017
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Just as Canada’s population has changed in the past four decades, so 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 parole policy and practice. Using the Parole Board of Canada as a case study, this book shows how some offender differences are selectively included in conditional release decision making, while the structures, practices, and power arrangements that would enable fundamental change remain unaltered.

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Contributor Notes

Sarah Turnbull is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford. She has published articles on punishment in Canada in the British Journal of Criminology, Punishment & Society and the Canadian Journal of Law & Society.

Editorial Reviews

Sarah Turnbull’s book is an important and timely qualitative addition to the field of law and justice ... Turnbull masterfully explains the intersections between the Canadian federal parole system and race, gender, Aboriginal status and identity without oversimplifying this complex issue. Parole in Canada is a highly accessible text that should find its way into every law, social justice and multiculturalism course.

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