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Interrupted LifeExperiences of Incarcerated Women in the United States$
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Rickie Solinger and Rebecca Sharitz

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520252493

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520252493.001.0001

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Do I Have to Stand for This?

Do I Have to Stand for This?

Chapter:
(p.71) 10 Do I Have to Stand for This?
Source:
Interrupted Life
Author(s):

Kimberly Burke

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520252493.003.0011

This chapter describes in searing detail a child's-eye view of parental authority while at a visiting center. In 2002, the author was visited by her seven-year-old son for the first time since she had been incarcerated three years previously. Both mother and son were excited, but their moment was ruined by the prison guard, who rudely told the boy to stay in his seat whenever he tried to get up. Humiliation crept over the author as she realized she could do nothing about it. When she asked her son if he wanted to come again to visit her, he hung his head and said no. This incident, the author believes, will remain in his memory every time he thinks of his prison visit. It is 2008 at the time of writing, and since this incident the author still has not seen her son, who is thirteen. The prison guard was ultimately put on extensive probation and soon after fired for her treatment of the author's son.

Keywords:   parental authority, prison guard, prison, humiliation, prison visit

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