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Jailcare: Finding the Safety Net for Women behind Bars

Carolyn Sufrin


Thousands of pregnant women pass through our nation's jails every year. What happens to them as they carry their pregnancies in a space of punishment? In this time when the public safety net is frayed, incarceration has become a central and racialized strategy for managing the poor. This book explores how jail has, paradoxically, become a place where women can find care. Focusing on the experiences of incarcerated pregnant women as well as on the practices of the jail guards and health providers who care for them. The book describes the contradictory ways that care and maternal identity emerge ... More

Keywords: pregnant women, jail, punishment, incarceration, incarcerated women, care, maternal identity, poverty, addiction, racial oppression

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780520288669
Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520288669.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carolyn Sufrin, author
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine