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Inside This Place, Not of It: Narratives from Women's Prisons

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2012

    A Voice for the Voiceless

    "Inside This Place, Not of It" provides powerful insight into the faults in the American prison and judiciary systems for women. Through its compilation of narratives, the book sheds light on the personal accounts of female prisoners. This book is a great resource because there is little soapboxing in the narratives. Instead the editors focused on transmitting the harrowing, real-life accounts of women treated unfairly in incarceration. In each story, the reader learns of the individual's childhood and the particular difficulties they face in establishing their life after prison. "Inside This Place, Not of It" personalizes these women's experiences and the injustices they have suffered.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2012

    A stunning collection

    Even in the most well-meaning essays, the voice of the storyteller is often sidelined by the voice of the reporter. Voice of Witness allows those who do not often get the choice to tell their own story a chance to speak, free of outside interpretation.

    Immensely harrowing and compelling, Inside this Place, Not of It gives incarcerated women an opportunity to, for a moment, be free.

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  • Posted December 20, 2011

    Read This Book

    This is such a necessary book. Injustice is what delivers so many of the narrating women to prison and what they face once they are inside. The stories of abuse ¿ Olivia¿s shackled birth, the sexual abuse constantly endured by Teri, or the barbaric medical care received by Sheri ¿ are all devastating, but it¿s essential that we listen, that each voice is heard, especially because each voice represents thousands of other women in similar situations. Anyone who wants to reexamine our notion of the people who end up in prison, and take a good hard look at what happens in those prisons, should read this book. Listening these issues - being forced to face them - is the first step to challenging them, hopefully, to ultimately changing them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2011

    Inside This Place Enrages And Empowers

    I read Inside This Place, Not of It over the course of a few days. These are stories of abuse, it's true, but these women's strength shine through, inspiring me to work for change in this country, as opposed to focusing on what's wrong with it. One of the main messages I got from Inside This Place was how insufficient the prison system is in this country. There are so many barriers to dealing with mental health and abuse issues, and the system in place appears to be ignoring the problem until it's impossible, and then reacting with incarceration, like in Francesca's story of abuse and violence. The narratives tell stories of violence against and abuse of inmates, but it raises questions of how to deal with the prison class as a whole, and more than anything else, whether we are dooming a class of women to life in prison through insufficient education and domestic abuse prevention. I'm so glad to have read this book, and I can't recommend it highly enough to those interested in incarceration issues in the U.S., women's issues, and mental health issues.

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