Iincarcerated 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.Solidly grounded in feminist research methodology, this important and original work offers a fresh perspective on both women prisoners and the administration of criminal justice.
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Lori B. Girshick is a sociologist and community activist. She teaches sociology and women's studies at Warren Wilson College. She lives outside of Asheville, North Carolina.From Library Journal:
Though the women's prison population is small, it is growing, and the needs of incarcerated women can be quite different from men. Girshick (sociology, Warren Wilson Coll.) interviewed 40 prisoners at the Black Mountain minimum security prison in North Carolina, as well as members of their families and prison staff and volunteers, to learn more about the women's prison experience. She discusses the women's backgrounds, their concerns about their families, the support services they need in order to make their lives better, and their hopes for the future. It is especially interesting to learn why the volunteers decided to become involved with the prisoners and what feelings they have toward the inmates. Though Girshick could have expanded her suggestions on how to improve the prison experience and on ways communities are succeeding in keeping women out of the prison system, her book makes an interesting addition to criminology, women's studies, and sociology collections.ADanna C. Bell-Russel, Library of Congress, Washington, DC
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