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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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Interrupted Life

Tina Reynolds

University of California Press

In this chapter, the author, one of the many incarcerated women who find that life after prison is a constant struggle, recounts her story. Reuniting with her children has been an uphill battle. She left when they were still small, expecting them to be the same when she returned and expecting that meeting them again would be an easy process. Her sense of worthiness as a person has been challenged by the emotional impact of child abuse, drug dependence, and incarceration, particularly in the way it has shaped the relationships she has with her children. Today, very different in mind and spirit than she was during those other introductions, she is able to face her daughter Dani. She is at peace with her past. Another daughter, Aja, is determined to have clarity in her life, challenging the author to look at her own choices. During those moments when clarity is needed, she offers her children an opportunity to see her as she is. She is able to give this today.

Keywords:   incarcerated women, children, relationships, child abuse, drug dependence, incarceration

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