As law professor Michelle Alexander has eloquently stated in her acclaimed book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness (2010), we live in times that vastly over incarcerate people of color, and as the term Jim Crow suggests, particularly people of African descent. Scholars and activists have taken note and in the following some recent work on historical and contemporary perspectives of people incarcerated in women’s prisons will be discussed. My review is informed by a penal abolition worldview, which ultimately demands a transformative justice approach worldwide. The texts here under review are limited to a critique of the current carceral system, in particular the United States’ mass incarceration approach, rather than proposing views of a post-penal society.
"Review Essay of Books on Women in Prison,"
Wagadu: A Journal of Transnational Women's & Gender Studies: Vol. 11:
1, Article 6.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.cortland.edu/wagadu/vol11/iss1/6