By Patricia O'Brien
This can be the 1st examine to deal with the $64000 yet ignored subject of the way ladies go back to the "free global" after unmarried or a number of stories of incarceration. It makes use of first-person narratives and a accomplished overview of latest thought to supply valuable feedback for practitioners and policymakers all for responding to the expanding variety of girls within the legal justice method. Patricia O’Brien presents an in-depth description of the studies of girls with various legal histories to clarify parts 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 aware of those wishes. O’Brien indicates coverage adjustments, in particular regarding choices to incarceration. The first-person narratives of non-recidivist girls supply concrete and robust examples of the the most important mixture of components any lady must stay unfastened and empowered in a context of powerlessness and extending social regulate.
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Extra resources for Making It in the ’’Free World’’: Women in Transition from Prison
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.
I wouldn’t have had any money at all when I came out. They [the prison] made you save like 10 percent or something like that. . they put it in a bank in Lansing. . You never got any interest even though you had your money in a savings account . . but then you could send as much as you wanted someplace else. You just couldn’t have an account with your name on it so if you escaped you didn’t have a bank account you could access. . I sent it to my mom. She opened a savings account for me in her name.
2 OFFENSES OF WOMEN IN JAIL OR PRISON, 1998 Violent Offenses Property Offenses Drug Offenses Public-order Offenses Total Jails State Prison Federal Prison 7,655 (12%) 21,689 (34%) 19,137 (30%) 15,310 (24%) 63,791 21,056 (28%) 20,304 (27%) 25,568 (34%) 8,272 (11%) 75,200 644 (7%) 1,104 (12%) 6,624 (72%) 736 (8%) 9,108 Source: Greenfeld, L. A. and Snell, T. L. (1999). Women Offenders. 12 MAKING IT IN THE “FREE WORLD” Murder accounted for about 30 percent of the women incarcerated for violent offenses in 1997.