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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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Working to Improve Health Care for Incarcerated Women

Working to Improve Health Care for Incarcerated Women

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Interrupted Life

Sheila R. Enders

University of California Press

Gathering in groups, expressing their fears, frustrations, and hopes, 113 incarcerated women at the largest women's prison in the United States described their need for adequate health care inside prison walls. Twenty focus groups met at Central California Women's Facility over a ten-month period in 2001 and 2002. The author of this chapter helped organize the groups so that incarcerated women could define ways to reduce their health and medical vulnerabilities inside the prison. The women's comments resulted in the compilation and publication of a handbook, Simple Answers to Difficult Healthcare Questions—Choice. The focus group discussions followed a predetermined set of questions in four areas: knowledge/information, experience/process, barriers, and outcomes.

Keywords:   Central California Women’s Facility, incarcerated women, health care, handbook, focus groups

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