We discussed why women are incarcerated & what women were disproportionately behind bars, what dangers / risks women faced, women & family relations, programming for women in prison, challenges women face, etc.
I was able to share what prison librarianship means behind bars, what the jail libraries look like for women in our local county jails, what women read, censorship, programs libraries offer, urban fiction, etc.
Below are some resources that were suggested at the panel:
- Women & Prison: A Site for Resistance
- Women in Prison (ACLU)
- Women in Prison Project (of Correctional Association of New York)
- Aday, Ronald H. & Jennifer J. Krabill’s Women Aging In Prison: A Neglected Population in the Correctional System
- Michelle Alexanders’ The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
- William Ayeres’ A Kind and Just Parent: The Children of Juvenile Court
- Angela Davis’ Are Prisons Obsolete?
- Angela Davis’ Abolition Democracy: Beyond Empire, Prisons, and Torture
- Ruth Wilson Gilmore’s Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California
- Tara Herivel & Paul Wright’s Prison Nation: The Warehousing of America’s Poor
- Joy James’ The New Abolitionists: (Neo)slave Narratives and Contemporary Prison Writings
- Victoria Law’s Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women
- Jodie Michelle Lawston & Ashley E. Lucas (Eds.)’s Razor Wire Women: Prisoners, Activists, Scholars, and Artists
- Rickie Solinger, Paula C. Johnson, Martha L. Raimon, Tina Reynolds, & Ruby C. Tapia (Eds.)’s Interrupted Life: Experiences of Incarcerated Women in the United States
- Megan Sweeney’s Reading is My Window: Books and the Art of Reading in Women’s Prisons