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A Woman Doing Life Notes from a Prison for Women



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  • A Woman Doing Life Notes from a Prison for Women
    A Woman Doing Life Notes from a Prison for Women


A Woman Doing Life is the only book that tells stories of women in prison from the inside out. Author and inmate Erin George draws a vivid and uniquely raw portrait of female life in prison, detailing her own responses to incarceration as well as her observations of prison relationships, death and sickness, reactions from friends and family, and even "cooking" in prison. The text also features poignant stories from other female inmates. Edited by Robert Johnson--esteemed scholar and editor of Victor Hassine's Life Without Parole, Fourth Edition (OUP, 2009)--each chapter of the text opens with a helpful introduction that guides students as they read. An Afterword by noted scholar Joycelyn Pollock further helps place inmate testimonies into an academic context. Offering profound insight into the too-often neglected issue of women in the criminal justice system, A Woman Doing Life is a must for courses in women and crime, gender and crime, and women in prison.

Author Biography

Erin George is an inmate at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women in Virginia, where she is serving a life sentence for murder.
Robert Johnson is Professor of Justice, Law, and Society in the School of Public Affairs at American University. He has published extensively on prison and the death penalty, and is the editor of Victor Hassine's Life Without Parole, Fourth Edition (OUP, 2009).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vi
Introductionp. 1
Jail Timep. 3
Prison Timep. 26
Love in a Cold Climatep. 45
Violence Behind Bars: Women, Mano a Manop. 54
Shakedowns, Fakedowns, and Solitary Confinementp. 61
Quality of Life (Loosely Defined)p. 85
Living with Lossp. 97
Programs, Privileges, and Oases of Creativityp. 115
The Sick and the Deadp. 130
Other Voices, Other Venues: Self-Portraits by Women in Prisonp. 141
Looking Out and Looking Back: Recidivism and Religion; Remorse and Redemptionp. 154
Origami Heartp. 174
Afterwordp. 176
Terms of Entanglement: A Prison Glossaryp. 186
A Prison Cookbookp. 196
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