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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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Dignity Denied: The Price of Imprisoning Older Women in California

Dignity Denied: The Price of Imprisoning Older Women in California

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(p.301) 58 Dignity Denied: The Price of Imprisoning Older Women in California
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Interrupted Life
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Legal Services for Prisoners with Children

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520252493.003.0059

California legislators currently face an urgent fiscal crisis generated by the graying of the state's prison population. Because of “tough on crime” policies such as mandatory minimum sentences, the “Three Strikes” law, and a general reluctance to release long-term prisoners on parole, more Californians are growing older in prison than ever before. Older prisoners are costly to care for, yet research indicates that many of these older inmates represent a relatively low risk of reoffending and show high rates of parole success. Some older inmates may be good candidates for community placement. Perhaps some who committed murder a long time ago truly no longer pose a threat to society. Prisons are alien and intimidating places to people struggling with the sensitivities and vulnerabilities of old age and illness. California policy makers must take measures to ensure the rights and dignity of older women prisoners and create community-based alternatives to their incarceration.

Keywords:   California, fiscal crisis, older women, women prisoners, older prisoners

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