War on the Family: Mothers in Prison and the Families They Leave Behind

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Overview

In this timely book, renowned criminologist and activist Renny Golden sheds light on the women behind bars and the 350,000 children they leave behind. In exposing the fastest growing prison population-a direct result of Reagan's War on Drugs-Golden sets up new framework for thinking about how to address the situation of mothers in prison, the risks and needs of their children and the implications of current judicial policies.

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"In her book War on the Family Mothers in Prison and the Families They Leave Behind, Renny Golden brings to life the pains of imprisonment that incarcerated mothers and their children experience...By sharing the stories of incarcerated mothers and their children in two geographical regions, Golden offers an insightful picture of this typically forgotten group...the author examines the long-term impact of incarceration on the children of incarcerated parents, which few studies have done." — Jennifer Cobbina, Criminal Justice Review, March 2008
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415946704
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/29/2005
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Renny Golden is Professor of Criminal Justice, Sociology, and Social Work at Northeastern Illinois University. She is a criminologist, published poet, and well-known activist for social rights in El Salvador and Guatamala. Her previous publications include, Disposable Children: America's Child Welfare System and Oscar Romero: Reflections on His Life and Writings.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Collateral damage in the war on drugs 1
Ch. 2 Joanetta's world 9
Ch. 3 Lost childhood : a family narrative 19
Ch. 4 Family narratives of survival and sorrow : Bell, Melvanie, Nadia, and Louella 29
Ch. 5 Expendable bodies, racialized policies 45
Ch. 6 Incarceration : theater of terror 59
Ch. 7 Teen mothers and the infants who saved them 69
Ch. 8 Children in the other America 77
Ch. 9 Gonna rise : Pam's story 89
Ch. 10 Eye on the prize : theorizing change 101
Ch. 11 What is to be done in the meantime? 113
Ch. 12 Beating the odds 125
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