Freeing Tammy: Women, Drugs, and Incarceration

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Raised in a middle-class family, Tammara (Tammy) Johnson's childhood sexual assault and domestic violence led her to a nineteen-year heroin habit and an erroneous conviction for selling drugs. This book, the third in a trilogy about Chicago women by noted author Jody Raphael, shows the detrimental effects of incarceration on an already abused woman. Using Tammy's life and words, Raphael shows how childhood sexual assault and domestic violence can lead to dysfunctional coping strategies like drug addiction and crime.

About the Author:
Jody Raphael is Senior Research Fellow, Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center, DePaul University College of Law

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“Jody Raphael conveys a gripping story of one woman’s journey through abuse, drug addiction, and imprisonment. The third of Raphael’s trilogy of books about Chicago women enmeshed in lives of poverty, violence, prostitution, and drug use, Freeing Tammy is an invaluable contribution to the field of women’s criminology.”—Women’s Review of Books

"[A] dynamic, stunning account . . . Raphael addresses the question of prison as punishment or rehabilitation. She leaves the reader with a piercing question of whether ex-felons should be viewed as "immoral convicts" or whether they should be treated as persons who need new opportunities to succeed. Recommended for students of criminology, public policy makers, and teachers and counselors who work with "at-risk" populations."—Multicultural Review

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Meet the Author

JODY RAPHAEL is Senior Research Fellow, Schiller, DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center, DePaul University College of Law. Freeing Tammy is the final volume of Raphael’s trilogy about women, poverty, and violence in contemporary Chicago that includes Saving Bernice: Battered Women, Welfare, and Poverty (NUP, 2000) and Listening to Olivia: Violence, Poverty, and Prostitution (NUP, 2004).
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Table of Contents

Prologue     1
Betrayal     8
Trial     15
County Jail     22
Prison     48
Numbing     63
Minimum Security     84
Terrence Alone     94
The Basement     106
Forgetting     128
Out of the Basement     142
Epilogue: Back to County     167
Notes     173
Bibliography     193
Acknowledgments     211
Index     213
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