Liam Martin, Halfway House: Prisoner Reentry and the Shadow of Carceral Care

Published date01 January 2024
AuthorKaitlyn Quinn
Date01 January 2024
Subject MatterBook Reviews
program in Seattle that provides intensive case management and services to people
contending with extreme poverty and unmet behavioral health issues(152). In the
f‌irst iteration of LEAD, police off‌icers referred people to the program whom they
would have otherwise arrested. Over time referrals to LEAD were decoupled from
arrests, demonstrating how policy can change local cultural norms, such as the policibil-
ityof homelessness and mental illness (Gascon and Roussell, 2019). However, LEAD
sits precariously atop the urban growth machine. As key constituents, business owners
eventually embraced LEAD as a better response to people they considered public nui-
sances. Yet the program is only sustainable if city leaders forgo prof‌itable property devel-
opment to provide housing for poor people. As such, we might conclude that policies that
favor free-market capitalism and neglect extreme social disadvantage will constrain
attempts to change penal culture.
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Liam MartinsHalfway House concludes with a simple declaration: a halfway house
saved Joe Badillos life(p. 209). Some 200 pages earlier we are introduced to Joe as
the gravitational center of this book. Joe is a mixed-race man in his 40s who experienced
acycle of conf‌inement spanning two decades of recurring movements in and out, in and
out(p. 25). From 20122015, he lived in a halfway house in the greater Boston neigh-
borhood Martin calls Clearview Crossing. Across nine chapters, Martin offers a moving
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