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Women prisoners : a forgotten population
Fletcher, Beverly R.
Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1993.
Physical Description:
xxiv, 188 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
The woman prisoner / Beverly R. Fletcher, Garry L. Rolison, and Dreama G. Moon -- Self-esteem and the woman prisoner / Constance Hardesty, Paula G. Hardwick, and Ruby J. Thompson -- Patterns of substance use among women in prison / Dreama G. Moon, Ruby J. Thompson, and Regina Bennett -- Abuse and the woman prisoner / Elizabeth Sargent, Susan Marcus-Mendoza, and Chong Ho Yu -- African American women in prison / Deborah Binkley-Jackson, Vivian L. Carter, and Garry L. Rolison -- Women on death row / Kathleen A. O'Shea -- Perspectives on correctional organizations / Dreama G. Moon, Beverly R. Fletcher, and Lynda Dixon Shaver -- Attitudes of correctional staff / Chong Ho Yu and Susan Marcus-Mendoza -- The relationship between language culture and recidivism among women offenders / Lynda Dixon Shaver -- Toward an integrated theory of female criminality and incarceration / Garry L. Rolison.
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From the Foreword by George Henderson: Perhaps nothing captures the debilitating effects of sexism more vividly than this] in-depth study of women incarcerated in our correctional institutions. Beneath the statistics lie a human tragedy of a magnitude most people cannot fully comprehend. A disproportionate number of women are wasting away in non-rehabilitative institutions that perpetuate rather than correct criminal behaviors. The editors and contributors to this book capture cogent slices of life of some of the role players in the prison drama. And they do so with the sensitive touch of social surgeons who carefully lift and examine one layer of human behavior and then another. But they do not stop there. They also examine some of the attitudes, beliefs, and values of incarcerated women and their keepers (prison staff). The total work is an insightful glimpse of a neglected subculture.

One of the unique features of the book is the diversity of the contributors in terms of disciplines such as sociology, psychology, anthropology, social work, communication, and organization and management. Another feature that makes this work different is the multi-ethnic and cross-cultural diversity of the contributors. Finally, there are no other studies that look at women offenders holistically.

Author Notes

BEVERLY R. FLETCHER is Assistant Professor of Human Relations at the University of Oklahoma and the author of Organization Transformation Theorists and Practitioners (Praeger, 1990).

LYNDA DIXON SHAVER is an Assistant Professor in Speech Communication at Indiana University at South Bend. Her work has included Native American women's health issues and organizational consulting and training.

DREAMA G. MOON is a doctoral student in the department of Communication at Arizona State University. She is co-founder of the Project for Recidivism Research and Female Inmate Training and serves as co-principal investigator of the project.

Table of Contents

Preface The Population
The Woman Prisoner Self-esteem and the Woman Prisoner Patterns of Substance
Use among Women in Prison Abuse and the Woman Prisoner
African American Women in Prison Women on Death Row
The Institution Perspectives on Correctional Organizations
Attitudes of Correctional Staff
The Relationship between Language
Culture and Recidivism among Women Offenders
Towards an Integrated
Theory of Female
Criminality and Incarceration