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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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The Longtimers/Insiders Activist Group at Tutwiler Prison for Women

The Longtimers/Insiders Activist Group at Tutwiler Prison for Women

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(p.306) 59 The Longtimers/Insiders Activist Group at Tutwiler Prison for Women
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Interrupted Life
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Erline Bibbs

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520252493.003.0060

The author, an incarcerated woman, describes the kind of leadership that “experienced” incarcerated women in Alabama and Louisiana have been willing—and determined—to exercise in the interests of their community. She shows how the Longtimers/Insiders Activist Group at Tutwiler Prison in Alabama claimed a voice in decision making about a number of issues, especially about the new women's prison under construction. The participants in this group believe fervently that they can offer important, seasoned insights about the proper size of the new facility, its location, and its programs. The chapter shows that even in a domain governed by crude practicalities and politics, a group of incarcerated women can act on the powerful urge to introduce logic and lay claim to the dignity of experience.

Keywords:   Alabama, Louisiana, incarcerated women, Longtimers/Insiders Activist Group, Tutwiler Prison, women’s prison, decision making, politics

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