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Breaking Women
Author: Jill A. McCorkel

ISBN: 9780814761489
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 21 July 2013
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 15.5 x 2.3
Winner of the 2014 Division of Women and Crime Distinguished Scholar Award presented by the American Society of Criminology
Finalist for the 2013 C. Wright Mills Book Award presented by the Society for the Study of Social Problems Since the 1980s,when the War on Drugs kicked into high gear and prison populations soared, theincrease in women's rate of incarceration has steadily outpaced that of men. Asa result, women's prisons in the US have suffered perhaps the most drasticallyfrom the overcrowding and recurrent budget crises that have plagued the penalsystem since harsher drugs laws came into effect. InBreaking Women,Jill A. McCorkel draws upon four years of on-the-ground research in a major USwomen's prison to uncover why tougher drug policies have so greatly affectedthose incarcerated there, and how the very nature of punishment in women'sdetention centers has been deeply altered as a result.  Throughcompelling interviews with prisoners and state personnel, McCorkel reveals thatpopular so-called "habilitation" drug treatment programs ...

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