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Download e-book for iPad: Making It in the Free World: Women in Transition from Prison by Patricia O'Brien

By Patricia O'Brien

ISBN-10: 0791448622

ISBN-13: 9780791448625

Explores how ladies inmates make the transition from criminal again into society.

This is the 1st learn to handle the $64000 yet ignored subject of ways ladies go back to the "free international" after unmarried or a number of reviews of incarceration. It makes use of first-person narratives and a accomplished evaluate of up to date concept to supply helpful feedback for practitioners and policymakers taken with responding to the expanding variety of girls within the felony justice method.

Patricia O'Brien offers an in-depth description of the stories of girls with a number of legal histories to clarify parts that contributed to their desistance from crime. The ebook demanding situations practitioners to be extra proactive in spotting the wishes of this inhabitants and extra attentive to those wishes. O'Brien indicates coverage adjustments, specially relating to possible choices to incarceration. The first-person narratives of non-recidivist ladies offer concrete and strong examples of the an important mixture of constituents any girl must stay loose and empowered in a context of powerlessness and extending social control.

"Extremely good written and addressing a tremendous yet overlooked subject, this ebook is important and demanding to the world of women's prisons. The first-person narratives are very powerful."--Barbara Owen, writer of "In the Mix:" fight and Survival in a Women's Prison

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Foucault (1977) reflected this characterization of prisons as “the only place where power is manifested in its naked state, in its most excessive form, and where it is justified as moral force” (210). S. prison system have a variety of complex cognitive, emotional, and behavioral reactions to the constraints of the correctional environment (Baunach 1985; Burkhart 1973; Feinman 1994; Pollock-Byrne 1990; Watterson 1996). Research shows that women, many of whom enter prison in poor health, experience more medical and health problems than male inmates (General Accounting Office 1979; Pollock-Byrne 1990; Sobel 1982; Young 1996).

Each of these researchers found a MAKING IT IN THE “FREE WORLD” 17 system of kinship prison ties emanating from a dyad configuration of “mom” and “dad” and extending to a large network of loosely structured families. Gilfus (1988) found in her study of incarcerated women that these informal prison family systems are a gender-related response to the loneliness and deprivations of prison life and the loss of social status and roles; she also found that these families fulfill economic, relational, and protective purposes.

A feminist perspective on empowerment focuses specifically on how individual women have been affected by forces such as racism and sexism, and on ways in which social structures must be challenged. Gaining a sense of personal power is viewed as only the first step toward the ultimate goal of changing oppressive structures (Bricker-Jenkins and Hooyman 1986). In the following section, I describe some of the social, political, and cultural resources that facilitate women being able to reestablish their home.

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