The Imprisonment of African American Women: Causes, Experiences and Effects, 2d ed. / Edition 2

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This book reviews the disproportionate number of African American women making up the United States' prison population, looking particularly at how the nation's prison systems are ill-equipped to meet the basic needs of its ever-growing population. Topics covered include reasons why young African American women are first drawn into criminal behavior; trends connecting incarceration to physical, emotional, or sexual abuse; the effects of incarceration on inmates' families and children; and possible preventive measures or alternatives to imprisonment.

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Editorial Reviews

recommended for all collections
Criminal Justice Abstracts
child care, medical conditions, the children of women prisoners, the treatment of incarcerated women in Third World countries, alternatives to prison and future trends are all discussed
American Studies
"Collins' indictment of current penal arrangements and the inadequacy of treatment of African-American female offenders (and the detrimental effect of incarceration on their children) places the existence and interaction of race, gender, and class hierarchies at the heart of differential enforcement"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786433841
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/15/2010
  • Series: Interdisciplinary Studies/African American Studies
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 210
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Catherine Fisher Collinsis an associate professor at the State University of New York, Empire State College, in the Department of Community and Human Services. She lives in Buffalo.

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Table of Contents




Introduction 1

1 The Development of the American Criminal Justice System and Its Impact on African American Women 7

2 The Overrepresentation of African American Women in Criminal Justice 12

3 Pathways to Delinquency and Imprisonment 17

4 The Abuse of African American Women 42

5 Criminal Behavior of African American Women 71

6 Children of Imprisoned African American Women 94

7 Regional Pathways to Imprisonment for African American Women 109

8 Health Care Pathways and Issues for African American Women in Prison 149

9 The Final Pathway: The Execution of African American Women, Past and Present 159

10 Conclusions and Recommendations 173

Bibliography 177

Index 197

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