Interrupted Life: Experiences of Incarcerated Women in the United States

Interrupted Life: Experiences of Incarcerated Women in the United States

By: Martha L. Raimon (author), Ruby Tapia (author), Paula C. Johnson (author), Tina Reynolds (author), Rickie Solinger (author)Paperback

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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 incarcerated and previously incarcerated women, their advocates and allies, abolitionists, academics, and other analysts. In vivid, often highly personal essays, poems, stories, reports, and manifestos, they offer an unprecedented view of the realities of women's experiences as they try to sustain relations with children and family on the outside, struggle for healthcare, fight to define and achieve basic rights, deal with irrational sentencing systems, remake life after prison; and more. Together, these powerful writings are an intense and visceral examination of life behind bars for women, and, taken together, they underscore the failures of imagination and policy that have too often underwritten our current prison system.

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About Author

Rickie Solinger is the author of Pregnancy and Power: A Short History of Reproductive Politics in America and Wake Up Little Susie: Single Pregnancy and Race before Rose v. Wade, among other books. She is the editor of Abortion Wars (UC Press). Paula C. Johnson is Professor of Law at Syracuse University College of Law and the author of Inner Lives: Voices of African American Women in Prison. Attorney Martha L. Raimon has directed the Incarcerated Mothers Law Project at the Women's Prison Association and is now Senior Associate at Center for the Study of Social Policy. Tina Reynolds is Co-founder and Chair of Women on the Rise Telling Her Story (WORTH) and adjunct lecturer at York College/CUNY. Ruby C. Tapia is Associate Professor of Comparative Studies and Women's Studies at The Ohio State University and the author of Breeding Ghosts: Race, Death, and the Maternal in Visual Culture.

Contents

Introduction. Certain Failures: Representing the Experiences of Incarcerated Women in the United States Ruby C. Tapia Part One. Defining the Problem 1. Unpacking the Crisis: Women of Color, Globalization, and the Prison-Industrial Complex Julia Sudbury 2. Glossary of Terms Tina Reynolds 3. The Long Shadow of Prison: My Messy Journey through Fear, Silence, and Racism toward Abolition Kay Whitlock 4. Unpeeling the Mask Elizabeth Leslie 5. Children of Incarcerated Parents: A Bill of Rights San Francisco Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership 6. United Nations Report on Violence against Women in U.S. Prisons 7. Being in Prison Joanne Archibald 8. Wearing Blues Kinnari Jivani Part Two. Being a Mother from Inside 9. Get on the Bus: Mobilizing Communities across California to Unite Children with Their Parents in Prison Suzanne Jabro and Kelly Kester-Smith 10. Do I Have to Stand for This? Kimberly Burke 11. 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 12. 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 13. ASFA, TPR, My Life, My Children, My Motherhood Carole E. 14. The Birthing Program in Washington State Tabitha and Christy Hall 15. Pregnancy, Motherhood, and Loss in Prison: A Personal Story Kebby Warner 16. What the Parenting Program at the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women Has Meant to Me Mary Alley, A.{ths}D., and C.{ths}S. 17. The Storybook Project at Bedford Hills Beth Falk, June Benson, Amorel Beyor, and Alte 18. A Trilogy of Journeys Kathy Boudin Part Three. Intimacy, Sexuality, and Gender Identity Inside 19. Untitled Celeste "Jazz" Carrington 20. Analyzing Prison Sex: Reconciling Self-Expression with Safety Brenda V. Smith 21. Who Said Women Can't Get Along? Elizabeth Leslie 22. Sorry Tina Reynolds 23. The Chase Holli Hampton 24. Why? A Letter to My Lover Sheena M. King 25. Gender, Sexuality, and Family Kinship Networks Juanita Diaz-Cotto 26. Getting Free Amy Stout 27. My Name Is June Martinez 28. King County (WA) Gender Identity Regulations Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention 29. Mother Mayra Collado 30. Daddy Black Man Cassandra Adams 31. Watershed Kinnari Jivani Part Four. Creating and Maintaining Intellectual, Spiritual, and Creative Life Inside 32. Lit by Each Other's Light:Women's Writing at Cook County Jail Ann Fowell Stanford 33. Tuesday SOUL Kinnari Jivani 34. "I lived that book!" Reading behind Bars Megan Sweeney 35. Changing Minds: A Participatory Action Research Project on College in Prison Michelle Fine, Maria Elena Torre, Kathy Boudin, Iris Bowen, Judith Clark, Donna Hylton, Migdalia Martinez, Cheryl "Missy"Wilkins, Melissa Rivera, Rosemarie A. Roberts, Pamela Smart, and Debra Upegui 36. Imagining the Self and Other: Women Narrate Prison Life across Cultures Lynne Haney and Andras Tapolcai 37. My Art Kinnari Jivani 38. My Window Michele Molina 39. They Talked Kinnari Jivani 40. I Never Knew Darlene Dixon 41. Wise Women: Critical Citizenship in a Women's Prison Tanya Erzen 42. Women of Wisdom: An Alternative Community of Faith Suzanne Jabro and Kelly Kester-Smith 43. Chain of Command Kinnari Jivani Part Five. Struggling for Health Care 44. Hep C, Pap Smears, and Basic Care: Justice Now and the Right to Family Johanna Hoffman 45. A Dazzling Tale of Two Teeth Tracy Lynn Hardin 46. Women's Rights Don't Stop at the Jailhouse Door Rachel Roth 47. The Death of Luisa Montalvo Nancy Stoller 48. Rights for Imprisoned People with Psychiatric Disabilities RIPPD 49. A Plea for Rosemary Beverly (Chopper) Henry 50. The Thing Called Love Virus Tiffany Jackson 51. Bill of Health Rights for Incarcerated Girls Residents of the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center 52. Working to Improve Health Care for Incarcerated Women Sheila R. Enders 53. Women in Prison Project Fact Sheets Correctional Association of New York Part Six. Serving Time, Sentenced and Unsentenced 54. Reading Gender in September 11 Detentions: Zihada: The Journey from a Young Pakistani Wife to an Anthrax Suspect Irum Shiekh 55. Victim or Criminal: The Experiences of a Human-Trafficking Survivor in the U.S. Immigration System Leticia M. Saucedo 56. Detention of Women Asylum Seekers in the United States: A Disgrace Marleine Bastien and Rosta Telfort 57. "Did you see no potential in me?" The Story of Women Serving Long Sentences in Prison Kathy Boudin 58. Dignity Denied: The Price of Imprisoning Older Women in California Legal Services for Prisoners with Children 59. The Longertimers/Insiders Activist Group at Tutwiler Prison for Women Erline Bibbs 60. The Forgotten Population: A Look at Death Row in the United States through the Experiences of Women Capital Punishment Project, Women's Rights Project, National Prison Project, National Criminal Justice Program, and the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women Part Seven. Struggling for Rights 61. Incarcerated Young Mothers' Bill of Rights: From a Vision to a Policy at San Francisco Juvenile Hall Sophia Sanchez 62. Slaving in Prison: A Three-Part Indictment shawnna d.,the Fire Inside Editorial Collective, and Edaleen Smith 63. Freedom Gon' Come Cassandra Adams 64. 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 65. The Gender-Responsive Prison Expansion Movement Cynthia Chandler 66. Free Battered Women Linda Field and Andrea Bible 67. Life's Imprint Michele Molina 68. Testimony of Kemba Smith before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights 69. Keeping Families Connected: Women Organizing for Telephone Justice in the Face of Corporate-State Greed Lauren Melodia and Annette Warren Dickerson 70. Prick Poison Kinnari Jivani 71. The Prison-Industrial Complex in Indigenous California Stormy Ogden 72. A Prison Journal Tammica Summers Part Eight. Being Out 73. A Former Battered Woman Celebrating Life After Lorrie Sue McClary 74. Life on the Outside-of What? Alfreda Robinson-Dawkins 75. California and the Welfare and Food Stamps Ban All of Us or None 76. Employment Resolution: Human Rights Commission of the City and County of San Francisco All of Us or None 77. Only with Time Tina Reynolds 78. Child of a Convicted Felon Anonymous 79. Mothering after Imprisonment Margaret Oot Hayes 80. Being about It: Reflections on Advocacy after Incarceration Martha L. Raimon, Luz Alvarez, Sunshine Brooks, Casey Deas, and Lorrayne Patterson 81. The First Time Is a Mistake ... Patricia Zimmerman 82. What Life Has Been Like for Me Since Being on the Outside Freda Swinney 83. Alternatives: ATI in New York City Alexandra Bell and Leche 84. Violent Interruptions Noelle Paley and Joshua Price 85. 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 86. Booking It beyond the Big House Jean Trounstine 87. Being Out of Prison Joanne Archibald Contributors Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 04/01/2010
  • ISBN13: 9780520258891
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 480
  • ID: 9780520258891
  • weight: 485
  • ISBN10: 0520258894

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