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Making It in the Free World: Women in Transition from Prison
     

Making It in the Free World: Women in Transition from Prison

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by Patricia O'Brien
 

ISBN-10: 0791448622

ISBN-13: 9780791448625

Pub. Date: 02/01/2001

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Explores how women inmates make the transition from prison back into society.

This is the first study to address the important but neglected topic of how women return to the “free world” after single or multiple experiences of incarceration. It uses first-person narratives and a comprehensive review of contemporary theory to provide useful

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Explores how women inmates make the transition from prison back into society.

This is the first study to address the important but neglected topic of how women return to the “free world” after single or multiple experiences of incarceration. It uses first-person narratives and a comprehensive review of contemporary theory to provide useful suggestions for practitioners and policymakers concerned with responding to the increasing number of women in the criminal justice system.

Patricia O’Brien provides an in-depth description of the experiences of women with a variety of criminal histories to elucidate elements that contributed to their desistance from crime. The book challenges practitioners to be more proactive in recognizing the needs of this population and more responsive to these needs. O’Brien suggests policy changes, especially related to alternatives to incarceration. The first-person narratives of non-recidivist women provide concrete and powerful examples of the crucial mix of ingredients any woman needs to remain free and empowered in a context of powerlessness and increasing social control.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791448625
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
02/01/2001
Series:
SUNY series in Women, Crime, and Criminology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
212
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

Acknowledgments

1. Making It in the “Free World”

2. Establishing Home

3. From the Inside Out

4. Reconstructing Relationships

5. It Could Be Otherwise

Epilogue: Two Years Later

Appendix A: Research Design

Appendix B: Summary of Study Participants

Notes

References

Index

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Making It in the Free World: Women in Transition from Prison 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Based on Dr. O'Brien's thoughtful research, this book was a fascinating look into the lives of 16 women as they struggled to create a new life for themselves after serving their sentences in prison. This is clearly an academic book, but the stories the women tell in their own words are quite moving. They relate desperate efforts to make it on the outside, in many cases so that they can be reunited with their children. I found Dr. O'Brien's discussion of what these women have to teach us to be quite thought-provoking. She makes excellent use of theory to help make the reader understand ways we can view the aftermath of prison life. She also convincingly urges practitioners to take a more proactive stance when working with non-recidivist women (and makes suggestions which may help practitioners assist more women to avoid the revolving door back into prison life by helping the reader to better understand and to identify needs of this population and more responsive to these needs of these women). In addition, I was very interested in her suggestions of ways to change policies -- especially alternatives to imprisonment (which could also better serve the children of women who are now sent hundreds of miles away to serve their sentences and denied regular access to their children). I strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in the impact of the USA's criminal justice system on women and children. This topic is all too often ignored in the ever-increasing discussions of sentencing guidelines. This book is a giant step forward in helping us all to better understand how the transition from prison life can be facilitated or barricaded for women. The voices of the women in this book need to be heard!