Women Behind Bars: The Crisis of Women in the U.S. Prison System

Basic Books, 2007 M11 2 - 359 páginas
More and more women?mothers, grandmothers, wives, daughters, and sisters?are doing hard prison time all across the United States. Many of them are facing the prospect of years, decades, even lifetimes behind bars. Oddly, there's been little public discussion about the dramatic increase of women in the prison system. What exactly is happening here, and why?

The answers are in Women Behind Bars, in which investigative journalist Silja Talvi sheds light on why American girls and women are being locked up at such unprecedented rates.

Talvi travels across the country to weave together interviews with inmates, correctional officers, and administrators, providing readers with a glance at the impact incarceration has on our society. With a combination of compassion and critical analysis, Talvi delivers a timely, in-depth analysis of a growing and extremely complicated issue.

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Crítica de los usuarios  - Darcia - LibraryThing

This book is well researched, well documented and beautifully told. Talvi steps behind the walls of various women's prison systems and gets right at the truth of what goes on. We're shown how the ... Leer comentario completo


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Silja Talvi is a multiple award-winning journalist and essayist, she has written for The Nation, In These Times and the Christian Science Monitor. Her work has also appeared in numerous book anthologies, including the award-winning Prison Nation: The Warehousing of America's Poor, Body Outlaws, and The W Effect. Born in Helsinki, Finland, Talvi spent much of her childhood in California and now lives in Seattle.

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