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There's a WOMAN in Here!: The trials, tribulations and triumphs of the first female psychologist to work behind the walls of Jackson Prison, as revealed in her journals Paperback – August 18, 2013


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Jean grew up in the Finger Lakes region of NY State. Right after High School, she was hired as a commercial artist at Cornell, which was a great opportunity, as she had hoped to follow a career in art. However, as was expected in those days, she married and moved from place to place, following her husband’s career. Each of their four children was born in a different state, before the final move to Michigan in 1960. Soon the children began leaving home to start lives of their own. Although Jean had adapted to the expected role of wife and mother, she began to feel that there had to be more that she could accomplish! Inspired by events of those turbulent times, especially by the new roles being played by women, Jean resolved to become a psychologist so she would have the skills to become a positive influence in the world. Little did she imagine when she announced her plans to her incredulous family, that seven years later, she would take on the challenge of becoming the first female psychologist in the world’s largest walled prison at that time, performing her duties from an office right in Cell Block Seven! Jean began keeping a journal at that time, recording events those not a part of prison life could scarcely imagine. After three years, her divorce final, Jean started married life anew with a co-worker who had become Administrator of Psychology for the Department of Corrections, Dr. Bob Walsh, now retired. Jean and Bob have both been active in civil rights, enjoy traveling together, and actually did most of the construction of their home. Jean has returned to her early interest in art and recently displayed many of her paintings. She enjoys good relations with her ever-expanding family, and most recently, finished writing of the fascinating time she spent so long ago inside the walls of Jackson Prison!
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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (August 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 149125047X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1491250471
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.5 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,707,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Renaissance Woman on August 29, 2013
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Pyschologist Jean Becker Walsh's office was in Seven Block amongst the new inmates she was to interview and evaluate. Walsh writes "[The inmate] was starting to close the door and had a leer on his face that wasn't difficult to interpret, as he said, "I'm in here for rape, you know." I guess I once again reacted mostly from instinct, for instead of trying to get away or use the phone, I rose from my chair and started walking toward him, saying, "Is that right? That's interesting!""

There's a Woman in Here! is filled with risky moments faced by a brave woman in the all-male prison. It also reveals inherent problems in a state corrections bureaucracy trying to simultaneously punish and rehabilitate prisoners. This inside look at the prison system is relevant today as more men are imprisoned and are receiving, in far too many instances, less treatment.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Phil pendleton on October 10, 2013
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This book includes daily diary accounts which include the author's impressions of prison environment and her reactions and impressions. It is a must for any woman needing encouragement in breaking the ice in performing a "man's job". It also is an example of stepping up and starting a professional career after raising a family, and the satisfaction that can bring.
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