Making It in the Free World: Women in Transition from Prison by Patricia O'Brien

By Patricia O'Brien

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

This is the 1st examine to deal with the real yet missed subject of ways ladies go back to the "free global" after unmarried or a number of studies of incarceration. It makes use of first-person narratives and a finished evaluation of latest concept to supply helpful feedback for practitioners and policymakers curious about responding to the expanding variety of girls within the felony justice approach.

Patricia O'Brien offers an in-depth description of the reports of ladies with various legal histories to explain components that contributed to their desistance from crime. The booklet demanding situations practitioners to be extra proactive in spotting the wishes of this inhabitants and extra conscious of those wishes. O'Brien indicates coverage alterations, in particular regarding choices to incarceration. The first-person narratives of non-recidivist girls supply concrete and robust examples of the an important mixture of materials any lady must stay unfastened and empowered in a context of powerlessness and extending social control.

"Extremely good written and addressing a tremendous yet overlooked subject, this booklet is critical and important 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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For a number of the women in the study, getting a General Education Diploma (GED) or taking classes while they were in prison helped them identify new opportunities for employment when they were released. Three of the women obtained a GED while in prison (Nicole, Demi, and Nan). Specific job skill development mentioned by women in the sample included horticulture, word processing, tutoring in the literacy program, building maintenance, nursing assistance, real estate, and office technology. This list includes those programs that were offered to women in the state system as well as some offered only to federal inmates.

Finally, the proliferation of prison facilities for women as part of a “get tough on crime” public response may also contribute to the increasing use of facilities by judges and juries. When prisons are built, they tend to be filled, regardless of need as the net of social control widens (Chesney-Lind 1991; Harris 1987; Pollock-Byrne 1990). 14 MAKING IT IN THE “FREE WORLD” EFFECTS OF INCARCERATION ON WOMEN Jo Ann Brown is a young African-American woman who was accused, convicted, and sentenced to life imprisonment for a murder she did not commit.

I had one blanket. I didn’t have anything, but I was so happy. Just me and my daughter. We didn’t have nothin’, but we was just so happy to be together. I mean, I feel good sleepin’ on that floor. I was free. —Deeni Home, for most of us, is a complex blend of both finding a literal place to lay our head where we can be assured of warmth and security and creating a figurative place where we feel comforted and nurtured, sexy and alive. The concrete structure often influences the abstract feeling of well-being.

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