No Safe Haven / Edition 1

No Safe Haven / Edition 1

by Lori B Girshick
     
 

ISBN-10: 1555534678

ISBN-13: 9781555534677

Pub. Date: 07/06/2000

Publisher: University Press of New England

Incarcerated women in the United States are largely an invisible population because of their small numbers, their involvement in less violent and serious offenses, and their neglect by most criminologists. Yet all too often prison has become a dumping ground for women who lack options for self-support, or who need drug treatment, job training, or a haven from…  See more details below

Overview

Incarcerated women in the United States are largely an invisible population because of their small numbers, their involvement in less violent and serious offenses, and their neglect by most criminologists. Yet all too often prison has become a dumping ground for women who lack options for self-support, or who need drug treatment, job training, or a haven from battering.

This work draws on the life stories of forty women inmates at a minimum security prison in North Carolina. It explores their lives before imprisonment, enabling the reader to understand their incarceration within the context of childhood and adolescent experiences, domestic violence, alcohol and drug abuse, low education levels, and poor work histories. Lori B. Girshick relates the prisoners' views of doing time, the criminal justice system, and their own rehabilitation. She also interviews family members, friends, and social service providers to show how support networks function or fail.

Girshick argues convincingly that the treatment of women in society creates circumstances that lead some of them to break the law, and she makes specific recommendations for policies that address the need for social change and for community programs designed to deter crime.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555534677
Publisher:
University Press of New England
Publication date:
07/06/2000
Series:
Series on Gender Crime and Law
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
1,037,607
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.49(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1Introduction3
2Women in Prison17
3Growing Up29
4Adult Lives and the Crimes51
5Doing Time75
6Family and Friends105
7Addressing Chronic Needs through Programming135
8Community Involvement and Societal Change162
9No Safe Haven: Policy Recommendations and Concluding Remarks182
Index197

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