Inner Lives Voices of African American Women in Prison

ISBN-10: 0814742556

ISBN-13: 9780814742556

Edition: 2002

Authors: Paula C. Johnson, Angela J. Davis, Joyce A. Logan

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View the Table of Contents .nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;Read the Preface . "Johnson gives these women visibility and voice as they relate their lives, their crimes, and their efforts to remain connected to families and communities...powerful." Booklist "Johnson'sInner Livesprovides both a serious intervention in the literature on prisons and a venue through which incarcerated and formerly incarcerated Black women can speak for themselves. It challenges readers to take action."Black Renaissance "Inner Livessoars when the women are allowed to speak for themselves." Book "Johnson illuminates how the race and gender of African American women affect how they are treated in the American criminal justice system." The Women's Review of Books "Johnson provides a historical look at African American women in the U.S. criminal justice system from the colonial period to the present." Law's Social Inquiry The rate of women entering prison has increased nearly 400 percent since 1980, with African American women constituting the largest percentage of this population. However, despite their extremely disproportional representation in correctional institutions, little attention has been paid to their experiences within the criminal justice system. Inner Livesprovides readers the rare opportunity to intimately connect with African American women prisoners. By presenting the women's stories in their own voices, Paula C. Johnson captures the reality of those who are in the system, and those who are working to help them. Johnson offers a nuanced and compelling portrait of this fastest-growing prison population by blending legal history, ethnography, sociology, and criminology. These striking and vivid narratives are accompanied by equally compelling arguments by Johnson on how to reform our nation's laws and social policies, in order to eradicate existing inequalities. Her thorough and insightful analysis of the historical and legal background of contemporary criminal law doctrine, sentencing theories, and correctional policies sets the stage for understanding the current system.
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List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 3/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 356
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.242
Language: English

Angela J. Davis is a professor of Law at the American University Washington College of Law where she teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Criminal Defense: Theory and Practice. Professor Davis has been a Visiting Professor at George Washington University Law School and Georgetown University Law Center. She has served on the adjunct faculty at George Washington, Georgetown, and Harvard Law Schools. Professor Davis is the author of Arbitrary Justice: The Power of the American Prosecutor (Oxford University Press, 2007), the co-editor of Trial Stories (with Professor Michael E. Tigar) (Foundation Press, 2007), and a co-author of the 6th edition of Basic Criminal Procedure (with Professors Stephen Saltzburg and Daniel Capra) (Thomson West 2012). Professor Davis' other publications include articles and book chapters on prosecutorial discretion and racism in the criminal justice system. Professor Davis received the American University Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching in a Full-Time Appointment in 2002, the American University Faculty Award for Outstanding Scholarship in 2009, and the Washington College of Law's Pauline Ruyle Moore award for scholarly contribution in the area of public law in 2000 and 2009. Professor Davis' book Arbitrary Justice won the Association of American Publishers 2007 Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division Award for Excellence in the Law and Legal Studies Division. She was awarded a Soros Senior Justice Fellowship in 2004. Professor Davis is a graduate of Howard University and Harvard Law School. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Sentencing Project and the Southern Center for Human Rights.Professor Davis served as the Executive Director of the National Rainbow Coalition from 1994 - 1995. From 1991 - 1994, she was the Director of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia ("PDS"). She also served as the Deputy Director from 1988 - 1991 and as a staff attorney at PDS from 1982 - 1988, representing indigent juveniles and adults charged with crimes. Professor Davis is a former law clerk of the Honorable Theodore R. Newman of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. nbsp;

Analysis of African American Women's Experiences in the U.S. Criminal Justice System
Profiles and Narratives of African American Women in the U.S. Criminal Justice System
Currently Incarcerated Women
Rae Ann
Formerly Incarcerated Women
Bettie Gibson
Joyce Ann Brown
Betty Tyson
Karen Michelle Blakney
Ida P. McCray
Millicent Pierce
Joyce A. Logan
Donna Hubbard Spearman
Criminal Justice Officials and Support Networks
Judge Juanita Bing Newton
Assistant Warden Gerald Clay
Grace House Administrators: Rochelle Bowles, Mary Dolan, Annie Gonzalez, and Kathy Nolan
Sandra Barnhill, Director, Aid to Children of Imprisoned Mothers (AIM)
Rhodessa Jones, Director, Medea Theater Project
Professor Brenda V. Smith
A Family Story: Renay, Judy, Debbie, and Kito
Conclusions and Recommendations
Self-Study Course on African American Women's History
Resource Directory
About the Author
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