This book contains extremely powerful photos of women prisoners in France, Czech Republic, India, Israel, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States. The images and writings serve to illustrate the continuum of violence against women and show how victimized women are criminalized by a sexist and racist criminal justice system.
This powerful collection of writings from the perspective of women of color deals with the difficulties of survival in the face of increasing criminalization, aggressive law enforcement, welfare ?reform? and draconian immigration policies.
This book examines the affect of gender stereotypes on the agency and resistance of women prisoners, in particular how women negotiate power based on their social locations.
Statistical and analytical study of the failure of the prison reform movement, focusing on a history of the first reform school for girls in the U.S.
Domestic violence and the legal system
This book exposes the systematic disadvantages experienced by black women due to the intersecting forces of race, gender and class. The author?s research in based on life experience interviews with African-Caribbean women in Britain that explores their relationship with various factions of the criminal justice system including law enforcement, probation, mental health institutions, court and prisons.
Comack focuses on the life stories of twenty-four women prisoners in Canada to explain the connections between their histories of abuse and criminal behavior. She utilizes a theoretical framework which analyzes how structures such as capitalism, patriarchy, and racism constrict women and how these constrictions manifest and effect their everyday lives.
Faith argues on behalf of Leslie Van Houten, possibly the least culpable and most rehabilitated of three ?Manson girls?. The author has visited and corresponded with Van Houten since 1972, the yea in which the Manson girls? death sentences were commuted. Faith describes Van Houten?s descent from the middle class to Manson?s Family, finally suggesting that it is time for Van Houten to be paroled.
From historical and internationalist perspective, critically examines such topics as: crimes and punishment of women from the witch hunts to the present; institutionalized violence against incarcerated women; women loving women in prison; Native women’s acts of resistance; Hollywood’s formulaic women-in-prison films; and the revolutionary Santa Cruz Women’s Project (1972-76), which Faith co-founded.