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Interrupted Life: Experiences of Incarcerated Women in the United States

Rickie Solinger and Rebecca Sharitz


This book is a collection of writings by and about imprisoned women in the United States, a country that jails a larger percentage of its population than any other nation in the world. This work brings together many voices from both inside and outside the prison system including incarcerated and previously incarcerated women, their advocates and allies, abolitionists, academics, and other analysts. In vivid, often highly personal essays, poems, stories, reports, and manifestos, they offer an unprecedented view of the realities of women prisoners' experiences as they try to sustain relations wi ... More

Keywords: incarcerated women, women prisoners, prison system, United States, children, family, healthcare, rights, sentencing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780520252493
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520252493.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rickie Solinger, author

Rebecca Sharitz, editor

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2 Glossary of Terms

Tina Reynolds

4 Unpeeling the Mask

Elizabeth Leslie

5 Children of Incarcerated Parents: A Bill of Rights

San Francisco Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership

7 Being in Prison

Joanne Archibald

8 Wearing Blues

Kinnari Jivani

11 Out of Sight, NOT Out of Mind: Important Information for Incarcerated Parents Whose Children Are in Foster Care

Children of Incarcerated Parents Program NYC Administration for Children’s Services

12 The Impact of the Adoption and Safe Families Act on Children of Incarcerated Parents

Arlene F. Lee, Philip M. Genty, and Mimi Laver Child Welfare League of America

14 The Birthing Program in Washington State

Tabitha Hall, and Christy Hall

17 The Storybook Project at Bedford Hills

Beth Falk, June Benson, Amorel Beyor, and Alte

19 Untitled

Celeste “Jazz” Carrington

22 Sorry

Tina Reynolds

23 The Chase

Holli Hampton

26 Getting Free

Amy Stout

27 My Name Is June Martinez

Prison Environment for Transgendered Persons A Report Delivered at Sociologists for Women in Society and Transgender 102 Meeting, Philadelphia, August 2005

28 King County (WA) Gender Identity Regulations

Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention

29 Mother

Mayra Collado

30 Daddy Black Man

Cassandra Adams

31 Watershed

Kinnari Jivani

33 Tuesday SOUL

Kinnari Jivani

35 Changing Minds: A Participatory Action Research Project on College in Prison

Michelle Fine, María Elena Torre, Kathy Boudin, Iris Bowen, Judith Clark, Donna Hylton, Migdalia Martinez, Cheryl “Missy” Wilkins, Melissa Rivera, Rosemarie A. Roberts, Pamela Smart, and Debora Upegui

37 My Art

Kinnari Jivani

38 My Window

Michele Molina

39 They Talked

Kinnari Jivani

40 I Never Knew

Darlene Dixon

42 Women of Wisdom: An Alternative Community of Faith

Suzanne Jabro, and Kelly Kester-Smith

43 Chain of Command

Kinnari Jivani

49 A Plea for Rosemary

Beverly (Chopper) Henry

51 Bill of Health Rights for Incarcerated Girls

Residents of the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center

53 Women in Prison Project: Fact Sheets

Correctional Association of New York

60 The Forgotten Population: A Look at Death Row in the United States through the Experiences of Women

Capital Punishment Project, Women’s Rights Project, National Prison Project, National Criminal Justice Program, and the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women

62 Slaving in Prison: A Three-Part Indictment

D. Shawnna, and Edaleen Smith

63 Freedom Gon’ Come

Cassandra Adams

66 Free Battered Women

Linda Field, and Andrea Bible

67 Life’s Imprint

Michele Molina

68 Testimony of Kemba Smith before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights: March 3, 2006

Rickie Solinger, Paula C. Johnson, Martha L. Raimon, Tina Reynolds, and Ruby C. Tapia

70 Prick Poison

Kinnari Jivani

72 A Prison Journal

Tammica Summers

74 Life on the Outside—of What?

Alfreda Robinson-Dawkins

77 Only with Time

Tina Reynolds

79 Mothering after Imprisonment

Margaret Oot Hayes

80 Being about It: Reflections on Advocacy after Incarceration

Martha L. Raimon, Luz Alvarez, Sunshine Brooks, Casey Deas, and Lorrayne Patterson

83 Alternatives: ATI in New York City

Alexandra Bell, and Leche

84 Violent Interruptions

Noelle Paley, and Joshua Price

87 Being Out of Prison

Joanne Archibald

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