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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 First Time Is a Mistake…

The First Time Is a Mistake…

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Interrupted Life

Patricia Zimmerman

University of California Press

“The first time is a mistake; the second time is intentional…” This is a phrase that is often used within the prison community when talking about someone getting “locked up” again. The author shared those thoughts while behind walls. Yet when she was released in December 2002, she realized how serious parole supervision was, along with the whole process of reentry. Women with criminal justice involvement do not normally talk about their issues. They are emotional beings trained to hide what they feel. All women prisoners are dealing with the huge effects of incarceration—on them and on their families. They have to find ways of taking steps toward the type of change that is necessary for making wholesome and valuable lives for themselves and their children. They need their families, and they also need the parole-probation system to be supportive. Women who have been imprisoned need counseling and other kinds of treatment.

Keywords:   reentry, criminal justice, women prisoners, incarceration, children, families, counseling

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