Another man, Khalil, describes the direct impact of federal welfare reform cutbacks on his attempts to work in the formal economy and secure sufficient funds to subsist outside of the drug economy. Journal of Prisoners on Prisons4 21. I was very popular… Plus I had money you know and it just all comes with it you know.
The gendered configurations of relationship structures as they avoided, shacked up, or held long term relationships with other men while incarcerated were firmly embedded in the local institutional setting, yet inevitably referenced, and often seeked to replicate, hetero-normative relationship structures from home communities.
Indeed, systems of power, survival and desire in the carceral context were ultimately understood to be quite connected to relationships and social institutions beyond the carceral in various ways. Just like every year, there was a wide array of extravagant and often provocative clothing.
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