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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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(p.177) 4 Discretion
Women of the Street

Susan Dewey

Tonia St. Germain

NYU Press

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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