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Interrupted life : experiences of incarcerated women in the United States

Author: Rickie Solinger
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, ©2010.
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Interrupted Life is a gripping collection of writings by and about imprisoned women in the United States, a country that jails a larger percentage of its population than any other nation in the world. This eye-opening work brings together scores of voices from both inside and outside the prison system including those of incarcerated and previously incarcerated women, their advocates and allies, abolitionists,  Read more...

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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rickie Solinger
ISBN: 9780520252493 0520252497 9780520258891 0520258894
OCLC Number: 317461754
Description: [xiii], 458 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction. Certain failures : representing the experiences of incarcerated women in the United States / Ruby C. Tapia --
pt. One. Defining the problem: Unpacking the crisis : women of color, globalization, and the prison-industrial complex / Julia Sudbury --
Glossary of terms / Tina Reynolds --
The long shadow of prison : my messy journey through fear, silence, and racism toward abolition / Jay Whitlock --
Unpeeling the mask / Elizabeth Leslie --
Children of incarcerated parents : a Bill of Rights / San Francisco Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership --
United Nations Report on violence against women in U.S. Prisons --
Being in prison / Joanne Archibald --
Wearing blues / Kinnari Jivani --
pt. Two. Being a mother from inside: Get on the bus : mobilizing communities across California to unite children with their parents in prison / Suzanne Jabro and Kelly Kester-Smith --
Do I have to stand for this? / Kimberly Burke --
Out of Sight, NOT out of mind : important information for incarcerated parents whose children are in foster care / Children of Incarcerated Parents Program, NYC Administration for Children's Services --
The impact of the adoption and safe families act on children of incarcerated parents / Arlene F. Lee, Philip M. Genty, and Mimi Laver, Child Welfare League of America --
ASFA, TPR, my life, my children, my motherhood / Carole E. --
The birthing program in Washington state / Tabitha and Christy Hall --
Pregnancy, motherhood, and loss in prison : a personal story / Kebby Warner --
What the Parenting Program at the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women has meant to me / Mary Alley, A.D., and C.S. --
The storybook project at Bedford Hills / Beth Falk, June Benson, Amorel Beyor, and Alte --
A trilogy of journeys / Kathy Boudin. pt. Three. Intimacy, sexuality, and gender identity inside: Untitled / Celeste "Jazz" Carrington --
Analyzing prison sex : reconciling self-expression with safety / Brenda V. Smith --
Who said women can't get along? / Elizabeth Leslie --
Sorry / Tina Reynolds --
The chase / Holli Hampton --
Why? A letter to my lover / Sheena M. King --
Gender, sexuality, and family kinship networks / Juanita Díaz-Cotto --
Getting free / Amy Stout --
My name is June Martinez / June Martinez --
King County (WA) gender identity regulations / Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention --
Mother / Mayra Collado --
Daddy black man / Cassandra Adams --
Watershed / Kinnari Jivani --
pt. Four. Creating and maintaining intellectual, spiritual, and creative life inside : Lit by each other's light:women's writing at Cook County Jail / Ann Fowell Stanford --
Tuesday SOUL / Kinnari Jivani --
"I lived that book!" Reading behind bars / Megan Sweeney --
Changing minds : a participatory action research project on college in prison / Michelle Fine [and others] --
Imagining the self and other : women narrate prison life across cultures / Lynne Haney and András Tapolcai --
My art / Kinnari Jivani --
My window / Michele Molina --
They talked / Kinnari Jivani --
I never knew / Darlene Dixon --
Wise women : critical citizenship in a women's prison / Tanya Erzen --
Women of wisdom : an alternative community of faith / Suzanne Jabro and Kelly Kester-Smith --
Chain of command / Kinnari Jivani --
pt. Five. Struggling for health care: Hep C, pap smears, and basic care : justice now and the right to family / Johanna Hoffman --
A dazzling tale of two teeth / Tracy Lynn Hardin --
Women's rights don't stop at the jailhouse door / Rachel Roth --
The death of Luisa Montalvo / Nancy --
Rights for imprisoned people with psychiatric disabilities / RIPPD --
A plea for rosemary / Beverly (Chopper) Henry --
The thing called love virus / Tiffany Jackson --
Bill of health rights for incarcerated girls / Residents of the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center --
Working to improve health care for incarcerated women / Sheila R. Enders --
Women in prison project fact sheets / Correctional Association of New York. pt. Six. Serving time, sentenced and unsentenced: Reading gender in September 11 detentions : Zihada : the journey from a young Pakistani wife to an anthrax suspect / Irum Shiekh --
Victim or criminal : the experiences of a human-trafficking survivor in the U.S. immigration system / Leticia M. Saucedo --
Detention of women asylum seekers in the United States : a disgrace / Marleine Bastien and Rosta Telfort --
"Did you see no potential in me?" The story of women serving long sentences in prison / Kathy Boudin --
Dignity denied : the price of imprisoning older women in California / Legal Services for Prisoners with Children --
The longertimers/insiders activist group at Tutwiler Prison for women / Erline Bibbs --
The forgotten population : a look at death row in the United States through the experiences of women / Capital Punishment Project [and others] --
pt. Seven. Struggling for rights : Incarcerated young mothers' bill of rights : from a vision to a policy at San Francisco Juvenile Hall / Sophia Sanchez --
Slaving in prison : a three-part indictment / shawnna d., the Fire Inside Editorial Collective, and Edaleen Smith --
Freedom gon' come / Cassandra Adams --
Reducing the number of people in California women's prisons : how "gender-responsive prisons" harm women, children, and families / Californians United for a Responsible Budget --
The gender-responsive prison expansion movement / Cynthia Chandler --
Free battered women / Linda Field and Andrea Bible --
Life's imprint / Michele Molina --
Testimony of Kemba Smith before the inter-american commission on human rights --
Keeping families connected : women organizing for telephone justice in the face of corporate-state greed / Lauren Melodia and Annette Warren Dickerson --
Prick poison / Kinnari Jivani --
The prison-industrial complex in indigenous California / Stormy Ogden --
A prison journal / Tammica Summers. pt. Eight. Being out : A former battered woman celebrating life after / Lorrie Sue McClary --
Life on the outside-of what? / Alfreda Robinson-Dawkins --
California and the welfare and food stamps ban / All of Us or None --
Employment resolution : human rights commission of the City and County of San Francisco / All of Us or None --
Only with time / Tina Reynolds --
Child of a convicted felon / Anonymous --
Mothering after imprisonment / Margaret Oot Hayes --
Being about it : reflections on advocacy after incarceration / Martha L. Raimon [and others] --
The first time is a mistake ... / Patricia Zimmerman --
What life has been like for me since being on the outside / Freda Swinney --
Alternatives : ATI in New York City / Alexandra Bell and Leche --
Violent interruptions / Noelle Paley and Joshua Price --
Prison abolition in practice : The LEAD Project, the politics of healing, and a new way of life / Setsu Shigematsu, Gwen D'Arcangelis, and Melissa Burch --
Booking it beyond the big house / Jean Trounstine --
Being out of prison / Joanne Archibald.
Responsibility: edited by Rickie Solinger [and others].


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