A Woman Doing Life: Notes from a Prison for Women

Paperback | December 29, 2014

byErin George

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In A Woman Doing Life, author and inmate Erin George draws a vivid and uniquely raw portrait of female life in prison. By detailing her own experiences and sharing poignant stories from other female inmates, George gives insight into prison relationships, death and sickness, reactions fromfriends and family, and even "cooking" in prison.

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In A Woman Doing Life, author and inmate Erin George draws a vivid and uniquely raw portrait of female life in prison. By detailing her own experiences and sharing poignant stories from other female inmates, George gives insight into prison relationships, death and sickness, reactions fromfriends and family, and even "cooking" in priso...

Erin George is an inmate at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women in Virginia, where she is serving a life sentence for murder. Robert Johnson is Professor of Justice, Law and Criminology in the School of Public Affairs at American University. Alison B. Martin is Postdoctoral Research Associate at the National Institute of Justic...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:December 29, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199935882

ISBN - 13:9780199935888

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsPrefaceRobert Johnson: Introduction1. Jail Time2. Prison Time3. Love in a Cold Climate4. Violence Behind Bars: Women, Mano a Mano5. Shakedowns, Fakedowns, and Solitary Confinement6. Quality of Life (Loosely Defined)7. Living with Loss8. Programs, Privileges, and Oases of Creativity9. The Sick and the Dead10. Other Voices, Other Venues: Self-Portraits by Women in Prison11. Looking Out and Looking Back: Recidivism and Religion; Remorse and RedemptionErin George: ORIGAMI HEARTEpilogueJoycelyn Pollock and Alison Brooks Martin: AfterwordAppendix A: Terms of Entanglement: A Prison GlossaryAppendix B: A Prison CookbookAppendix C: Cell Buddy

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"I love the book[,] and my students enjoy it as well. They saw it as interesting and informative[,] and some of them told me they read it in one sitting." --Krista Cline, Butler University