Social Work & Corrections in the Progressive Era: What We Remember, What We Obscure
Journal of Progressive Human Services
The social work profession in the US developed alongside and within the professionalization of policing and corrections. Social workers are credited as some of the earliest policewomen, probation officers, and juvenile correctional facility superintendents. Still, our professional relationship to corrections in Progressive Era US history is underexplored and uninterrogated. How does this entangled history escape most narratives of professionalized social work in the US? This integrative literature review explores the stories social work scholars tell about social work’s relationship(s) to corrections in the Progressive Era (1890–1930).
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Harrell, S. (2022). Social Work & Corrections in the Progressive Era: What We Remember, What We Obscure. Journal of Progressive Human Services, 1-20.