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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 Gender-Responsive Prison Expansion Movement

The Gender-Responsive Prison Expansion Movement

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Interrupted Life

Cynthia Chandler

University of California Press

On April 4, 2007, Cynthia Chandler of Justice Now participated in a conversation with Cara Page, then executive director of the Committee on Women, Population, and the Environment; Loretta Ross, executive director of Sister Song; and Rickie Solinger, coeditor of Interrupted Life. This chapter is an edited version of Chandler's critique of what Justice Now and others are calling “the gender-responsive prison expansion movement,” a development that she explains must be opposed. Loretta Ross provides a perspective on the relationship between the work of the reproductive justice and prison abolition movements. Justice Now is a California-based organization dedicated to ending violence against women and stopping their incarceration. Chandler explains the dangers many see in the concept of gender responsiveness are at the heart of the growing numbers of “prison reform” plans around the country.

Keywords:   Cynthia Chandler, prison reform, Justice Now, Cara Page, prison expansion, prison abolition, incarceration, women, violence, gender responsiveness

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