Prisoner of the Heart

TSP’s Sarah Lageson recently sat down with Megan Comfort to talk about her research on women in relationships with incarcerated men.  You can read a summary of the fascinating interview here and listen to the entire interview here.

This interview would be particularly useful to demonstrate the effects of prisons beyond the incarcerated individual.  Below are a few discussion questions that can be used with the interview.



1. Briefly explain “presence creation” in your own words and provide an example.


2. What were some of the key things that women in Comfort’s study valued about their relationships with incarcerated men?  Did any surprise you?  Why or why not?


3. Can you think of any examples of secondary prisonalization that you’ve seen first-hand or heard about through friends or family?