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Interrupted LifeExperiences of Incarcerated Women in the United States$

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
University of California Press

  • CASSANDRA ADAMS Formerly Incarcerated Woman; writer

  • MARY ALLEY Parenting coordinator at the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women, York, NE

  • ALTE Incarcerated/Formerly Incarcerated Woman; writer

  • JOANNE ARCHIBALD Formerly Incarcerated Woman; former Assistant Director of CLAIM, Chicago, IL; Associate Director, Beyondmedia

  • MARLEINE BASTIEN Executive Director, Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami (Haitian Women of Miami)

  • ALEXANDRA BELL Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center; Audre Lorde Project

  • JUNE BENSON Incarcerated/Formerly Incarcerated Woman; writer

  • AMOREL BEYOR Incarcerated/Formerly Incarcerated Woman; writer

  • ERLINE BIBBS Incarcerated Woman; organizer

  • ANDREA BIBLE CA Habeas Project; National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women

  • KATHY BOUDIN Formerly Incarcerated Woman; HIV, parenting, and education activist; Leslie Glass Fellow, Teachers College, Columbia University; coauthor of Breaking the Walls of Silence: Women and AIDS in a Maximum-Security Prison

  • IRIS BOWEN Incarcerated/Formerly Incarcerated Woman; education activist

  • MELISSA BURCH Director of Programs, A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project; formerly antiprison organizer in Louisiana

  • KIMBERLY BURKE Incarcerated Woman; writer

  • CELESTE “JAZZ” Carrington On Death Row in California; writer

  • (p.430) CYNTHIA CHANDLER Cofounder and Codirector, Justice Now

  • JUDITH CLARK Incarcerated Woman; Leslie Glass Fellow, doctoral candidate, Teachers College, Columbia University; poet; canine trainer; peer facilitator; chaplain; coauthor of Breaking the Walls of Silence: Women and AIDS in a Maximum-Security Prison

  • MAYRA COLLADO Incarcerated/Formerly Incarcerated Woman; writer; member of WORTH (Women on the Rise Telling HerStory)

  • SHAWNNA D. Incarcerated Woman; organizer

  • JUANITA DÍAZ-COTTO Associate Professor of Sociology, Women’s Studies, and Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies at SUNY Binghamton; author of Gender, Ethnicity, and the State: Latina and Latino Prison Politics

  • GWEN D’ARCANGELIS Doctoral student, UCLA

  • ANNETTE WARREN DICKERSON Director of Education and Outreach, Center for Constitutional Rights

  • DARLENE DIXON Incarcerated/Formerly Incarcerated Woman; writer; activist

  • CAROLE E. Formerly Incarcerated Woman; writer; member of WORTH (Women on the Rise Telling HerStory)

  • SHEILA R. ENDERS Former MSW; Assistant Clinical Professor with the Department of Internal Medicine at the UC Davis Medical Center; author of Simple Answers to Health Care Questions—Choice

  • TANYA ERZEN Associate Professor, Ohio State University; author of Straight to Jesus: Sexual and Christian Conversions in the Ex-Gay Movement

  • BETH FALK Psychologist; community volunteer in Story Book Project at Bedford Hills prison, NY

  • LINDA FIELD Incarcerated Woman; antiviolence and disability rights activist; writer

  • MICHELLE FINE Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Women’s Studies and Urban Education, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York; author/coauthor of ten books and numerous essays

  • PHILIP M. GENTY Clinical Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

  • CHRISTY HALL Cofounder of the Birth Attendants; doula; organizer; development coordinator

  • SANDY HAMILTON Incarcerated/Formerly Incarcerated Woman; writer

  • HOLLI HAMPTON Incarcerated/Formerly Incarcerated Woman; poet

  • LYNNE HANEY Associate Professor of Sociology; Associate Director, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, NYU; author of Offending Women: Gender, Punishment, and the Regulation of Desire

  • TRACY LYNN HARDIN Incarcerated Woman; writer

  • MARGARET OOT HAYES MSN, RN, Assistant Professor of Nursing, St. Anselm’s College

  • BEVERLY (CHOPPER) HENRY Incarcerated/Formerly Incarcerated Woman; writer

  • JOHANNA HOFFMAN former Justice Now staff attorney in private practice, San Francisco

  • (p.431) DONNA HYLTON Incarcerated Woman; MFA; counselor; teacher; tutor

  • SUZANNE JABRO Founder, Get on the Bus; leader in restorative justice movement for more than thirty years

  • TIFFANY JACKSON Incarcerated/Formerly Incarcerated Woman; writer

  • KINNARI JIVANI Incarcerated Woman; poet

  • PAULA C. JOHNSON Professor of Law, College of Law, Syracuse University; author, Inner Lives, Voices of African American Women in Prison, coeditor of Interrupted Life

  • KELLY KESTER-SMITH President, YES! Communications

  • SHEENA M. KING Incarcerated/Formerly Incarcerated Woman; writer

  • MIMI LAVER Director of Legal Education, Director of Opening Doors: Improving the Legal System’s Approach to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Youth in Foster Care Project; Assistant Director of the Pennsylvania Permanency Barriers Project; Assistant Director of the National Child Welfare Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues at the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law; author of Opening Doors for LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care: A Guide for Lawyers and Judges

  • LECHE Formerly Incarcerated Woman

  • ARLENE F. LEE Senior Associate, Center for the Study of Social Policy

  • ELIZABETH LESLIE Formerly Incarcerated Woman; writer; member of WORTH (Women on the Rise Telling HerStory)

  • JUNE MARTINEZ Incarcerated/Formerly Incarcerted Woman; writer

  • MIGDALIA MARTINEZ Formerly Incarcerated Woman; founder, Latinas Organizadas Viviendo; cofounder, College Bound program at Bedford Hills; harm reduction counselor; researcher; writer

  • LORRIE SUE MCCLARY Formerly Incarcerated Woman; writer

  • LAUREN MELODIA Education and Outreach Associate, Center for Constitutional Rights

  • MICHELE MOLINA Incarcerated Woman; poet; artist; spokesperson

  • STORMY OGDEN Formerly Incarcerated Woman; Kashaya Pomo and Yokuts from Tule River Indian Reservation; activist and advocate for Native women in prison; coauthor of The American Indian in a White Man’s Prison: A Story of Genocide

  • NOELLE PALEY Graduate student, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Philosophy, Interpretation, and Culture, Binghamton University

  • JOSHUA PRICE Associate Professor, College of Community and Public Affairs, Binghamton University

  • MARTHA L. RAIMON J.D.; Senior Associate, Center for the Study of Social Policy, coeditor of Interrupted Life

  • TINA REYNOLDS Formerly Incarcerated Woman; cofounder, WORTH (Women on the Rise Telling HerStory) for women affected by the criminal justice system; coeditor of Interrupted Life

  • (p.432) MELISSA RIVERA Associate Director of Research at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, CUNY; Associate Director of the National Latino/a Education Research and Policy Project

  • ROSEMARIE A. ROBERTS Assistant Professor of Education, Connecticut College

  • ALFREDA ROBINSON-DAWKINS Formerly Incarcerated Woman; founder, National Women’s Prison Project, Inc.

  • JASMIN RODRIGUEZ Incarcerated/Formerly Incarcerated Woman; poet

  • RACHEL ROTH Former Soros Justice Fellow; author of Unlocking Reproductive Rights (forthcoming); author of Making Women Pay: The Hidden Costs of Fetal Rights

  • SOPHIA SANCHEZ Formerly Incarcerated Woman; Former coordinator, Young Mothers United; program Coordinator, Center for Young Women’s Development, San Francisco

  • LETICIA M. SAUCEDO Associate Professor, Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada; codirector of immigration clinic at Boyd

  • IRUM SHIEKH Filmmaker; scholar; expert on detention; films include Hidden Internment: The Art Shibayama Story

  • SETSU SHIGEMATSU Assistant Professor, Department of Media and Cultural Studies, University of California, Riverside

  • PAMELA SMART Incarcerated Woman; tutor; teacher; M.A.; pastoral program, Bedford Hills

  • BRENDA V. SMITH Professor, Washington College of Law at American University; Project Director, United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections Cooperative Agreement on Addressing Prison Rape

  • EDALEEN SMITH Incarcerated Woman; organizer

  • KEMBA SMITH Formerly Incarcerated Woman, pardoned by President Clinton; founder, Kemba Smith Foundation

  • RICKIE SOLINGER Historian; curator; coeditor of Interrupted Life

  • ANN FOWELL Stanford Professor, School for New Learning, DePaul University, Chicago; author of Bodies in a Broken World: Women Novelists of Color and the Politics of Medicine; leader of poetry workshops for women in Cook County Jail

  • NANCY STOLLER Professor of Community Studies and Sociology at UC Santa Cruz; organizer with several community based action-research and organizing projects addressing the impact of incarceration on individual and public health

  • AMY STOUT Formerly Incarcerated Woman; writer

  • JULIA SUDBURY Professor, Ethnic Studies, Mary S. Metz Chair, Mills College; editor of Global Lockdown: Race, Gender, and the Prison-Industrial Complex; author of numerous prison-related essays

  • TAMMICA SUMMERS Incarcerated Woman; essayist; poet

  • MEGAN SWEENEY Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature, and Afro-American (p.433) and African Studies, University of Michigan; author of “The Underground Book Railroad”: Cultures of Reading in Women’s Prisons

  • FREDA SWINNEY Formerly Incarcerated Woman; writer

  • TABITHA Incarcerated/Formerly Incarcerated woman; writer

  • RUBY C. TAPIA Associate Professor, Comparative Studies, Ohio State University, author of Breeding Ghosts: Race, Death, and the Maternal in U.S. Visual Culture; coeditor of Interrupted Life

  • ANDRÁS TAPOLCAI Writer; teacher

  • ROSTA TELFORT Affiliated with Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami (Haitan Women of Miami)

  • MARÍA ELENA TORRE Director, Institute for Participatory Action Research and Design, Graduate Center of the City University of New York

  • JEAN TROUNSTINE Professor of Humanities, Middlesex (MA) Community College; former writing teacher, theater director, Framingham Women’s Prison; coeditor of Changing Lives Through Literature; author of Shakespeare Behind Bars

  • DEBORA UPEGUI Doctoral candidate, CUNY Graduate Center, immigration experiences and policies, Columbian and Dominican immigrants in New York

  • MARIA VENTURA Incarcerated Woman; poet

  • KEBBY WARNER Incarcerated/Formerly Incarcerated woman; writer; parents’ rights activist

  • KAY WHITLOCK Former National Representative for LGBT Issues, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC); author of In a Time of Broken Bones and Corrupting Justice: A Primer for LGBT Communities on Racism, Violence, Human Degradation and the Prison Industrial Complex

  • CHERYL WILKINS/“MISSY” Associate Director, College Initiative Reentry Program; Educational Director, Women of Integrity; Facilitator, Network in the Community; advocate; speaker

  • PATRICIA ZIMMERMAN Formerly Incarcerated Woman; writer