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In Search of SafetyConfronting Inequality in Women's Imprisonment$
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Barbara Owen, James Wells, and Joycelyn Pollock

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520288713

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520288713.001.0001

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Pathways and Intersecting Inequality

Pathways and Intersecting Inequality

(p.19) 2 Pathways and Intersecting Inequality
In Search of Safety

Barbara Owen

James Wells

Joycelyn Pollock

University of California Press

Chapter 2 describes women’s pathways to incarceration, focusing on the significance of gender and other inequalities in women’s lives within the free world. An extension of expansion of pathways emphasizes intersectional inequities and the historical and structural trauma that propel them into prison. This focus on cumulative and structural disadvantage moves beyond an individualized and blaming explanation of women’s crimes in setting out the context of constrained choice. This chapter also includes sections on prison policy and its impact on women; shared characteristics of imprisoned women; and enhancing the pathways approach through the inclusion of structural and historical inequalities.

Keywords:   characteristics of imprisoned women, pathways to prison, prison policy, structural and cumulative disadvantage

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