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Susan Dewey and Tonia St. Germain

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781479854493

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479854493.001.0001

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Discretion

Discretion

Chapter:
(p.177) 4 Discretion
Source:
Women of the Street
Author(s):

Susan Dewey

Tonia St. Germain

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479854493.003.0005

This chapter holds that the structural and cultural forces embedded in both professional and street communities significantly constrain individual discretionary authority in interactions between street-involved women and alliance professionals. Discretion comprises the nuanced implementation of personal judgment and the mandates or norms governing work-related practices, and hence involves a process that fundamentally emerges in interpersonal encounters rather than being completed defined by professional procedures or norms. This chapter discusses these interactions by devoting a subsection to each of the everyday contexts in which they take place, including everyday police encounters, criminal and problem-solving courts, and probation or other forms of court-mandated oversight. It also includes a subsection that discusses how women seeking services at a transitional housing facility describe themselves in the life history narratives they write as part of their applications.

Keywords:   discretion, courts, probation, police, life history

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