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By Jill A. McCorkel

Because the Eighties, whilst the struggle on medicinal drugs kicked into excessive apparatus and criminal populations soared, the rise in women’s expense of incarceration has progressively outpaced that of guys. In Breaking Wome n, Jill A. McCorkel attracts upon 4 years of on-the-ground learn in an incredible US women’s legal to discover why more durable drug guidelines have so drastically affected these incarcerated there, and the way the very nature of punishment in women’s detention facilities has been deeply altered for this reason. via compelling interviews with prisoners and nation team of workers, McCorkel unearths that well known so-called "habilitation" drug remedy courses strength ladies to simply accept a view of themselves as inherently broken, aberrant addicts to be able to safe an prior unencumber. those courses paintings to implement stereotypes of deviancy that eventually humiliate and degrade the ladies. The prisoners are left feeling misplaced and alienated after all, and lots of by no means actually tackle their habit because the courses’ organizers could have was hoping. a desirable and but sobering learn, Breaking girls foregrounds the gendered and racialized assumptions in the back of tough-on-crime regulations whereas providing a shiny account of the way the modern penal procedure affects person lives.

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I returned two years later to see what had become of the prison and of PHW, and to ascertain the consequences for current and former inmates, staff, and administrators. I did participant observation for six weeks in the prison and conducted interviews with twenty-six current and former prisoners (many of whom were part of the original study) and twelve administrators and staff members, including the former warden, his replacement, counselors, and correctional officers from the original study. Overview The ethnographic analysis that follows comprises three parts, each of which considers the emergence of a new penology in the women’s prison from different vantage points.

They don’t give a damn about what actually goes on in prison or what works in terms of managing inmates.  . That’s why this new program is called [Project] Habilitate [his emphasis]. The executives at [the Company] are not stupid, they’re not going to try to sell something that nobody wants. JM: So “unfounding rehabilitation” means renaming it? Repackaging it for political purposes? Warden: No, it’s more than that. What I meant is that there’s tremendous pressure to rethink everything—who we are, what we do.

Maximum, medium, minimum) the same. The new women’s prison is designated “medium plus,” meaning that the facility has a special “max” unit to house prisoners who are considered security risks. ” Nonetheless, she and other decision makers made a point to emphasize in interviews with me, as well as in meetings with prison administrators, that they had good reasons for designing the facility in the way that they had. First, they hoped that by making the facility the structural equivalent of medium-rated facilities for men, they could avoid lawsuits over sex discrimination.

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