Inner Lives: Voices of African American Women In Prison

Inner Lives: Voices of African American Women In Prison

by Paula Johnson, Joyce A. Logan, Angela J. Davis
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0814742548

ISBN-13: 9780814742549

Pub. Date: 04/01/2003

Publisher: New York University Press

The rate of women entering prison has increased nearly 400 percent since 1980, with African American women constituting the largest percentage of this population. However, despite their extremely disproportional representation in correctional institutions, little attention has been paid to their experiences within the criminal justice system.

Inner Lives

Overview

The rate of women entering prison has increased nearly 400 percent since 1980, with African American women constituting the largest percentage of this population. However, despite their extremely disproportional representation in correctional institutions, little attention has been paid to their experiences within the criminal justice system.

Inner Lives provides readers the rare opportunity to intimately connect with African American women prisoners. By presenting the women's stories in their own voices, Paula C. Johnson captures the reality of those who are in the system, and those who are working to help them. Johnson offers a nuanced and compelling portrait of this fastest-growing prison population by blending legal history, ethnography, sociology, and criminology. These striking and vivid narratives are accompanied by equally compelling arguments by Johnson on how to reform our nation's laws and social policies, in order to eradicate existing inequalities. Her thorough and insightful analysis of the historical and legal background of contemporary criminal law doctrine, sentencing theories, and correctional policies sets the stage for understanding the current system.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814742549
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
04/01/2003
Pages:
339
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents


Foreword by Joyce A. Logan
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Analysis of African American Women’s Experiences in the U.S. Criminal Justice System
1I Profiles and Narratives of African American Women in the U.S. Criminal Justice System
A Currently Incarcerated Women
Don Alda
Cynthia
Mamie
Elizabeth
Rae Ann
Donna
Martha
Marilyn
B Formerly Incarcerated Women
Bettie Gibson
Joyce Ann Brown
Betty Tyson
Karen Michelle Blakney
Ida P. McCray
Millicent Pierce
Joyce A. Logan
Donna Hubbard Spearman
C Criminal Justice Officials and Support Networks
Judge Juanita Bing Newton
Assistant Warden Gerald Clay
Grace House Administrators: Rochelle Bowles, Mary Dolan, Annie González, and Kathy Nolan
Sandra Barnhill, Director, Aid to Children of Imprisoned Mothers (AIM)
Rhodessa Jones, Director, Medea Theater Project
Professor Brenda V. Smith
A Family Story: Renay, Judy, Debbie, and Kito
III Conclusions and Recommendations
Afterword by Angela J. Davis
Appendix A: Self-Study Course
on African American Women’s History
Appendix B: Resource Directory
Notes
Bibliography
Index
About the Author

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