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Inside This Place, Not of It: Narratives from Women's Prisons (Voice of Witness) Paperback – November 8, 2011
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Meg Waite Clayton, Huffington Post
"A chilling glimpse of the human rights abuses suffered by women in U.S. prisons... a captivating read."
Ashley Lucas, Ms. Magazine Blog
"These stories are a gift. The women in this book compel us to imagine how their lives would be differenthow we would be differentif we responded to their experience with genuine care, compassion, and concern.”
from the foreword by Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow
"Inside This Place, Not Of It is precisely the kind of book we need now. In reading these narrativesso skillfully assembled, and with the accompanying statistics and data which let readers see how America and its states are complicit in taking away lives and dignity from so many womenwhat stands out is the poignant sense of abandonment and sadness that changed their lives from childhood, and the astonishing strength and perseverance that let them survive in prison. I will never forget these women, or this book."
Susan Straight, author of Take One Candle Light A Room
I am passionately, ardently grateful for the existence of this book. How else would I have ever heard the voices of these women? Where would I gain insight or understanding of the lives they describe: harrowing, riveting, rife with misogyny, and utterly unacceptable in a country that values human rights.”
Peggy Orenstein, author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture
We may hear about prisons, but not much from prisoners, and certainly not from women prisoners, which makes Inside This Place, Not of It so unusual.”
About the Author
Ayelet Waldman, an attorney and former public defender, is the author of Red Hook Road and Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace.
Michelle Alexander is a longtime civil rights advocate and litigator, and holds a joint appointment at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Mortiz College of Law at Ohio State University. Alexander served for several years as director of the Racial Justice Project at the ACLU of Northern California, and went on to direct the Civil Rights Clinic at Stanford Law School, where she was an associate professor. She is the author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Immensely harrowing and compelling, Inside this Place, Not of It gives incarcerated women an opportunity to be free.
The legal system completely fails them with poor legal advice and incompetent defense causing them to get very stiff sentences that would be unlikely with someone who had a good defense attorney. Inside the prisons, both guards and other inmates can be brutal and predatory. It is dreadful to watch the spirally down from abusive childhood to abusive husbands, youthful pregnancies, drug addictions, mental illnesses, stumbling into crimes, and then the draconian encounters with the legal system. They don't understand any of it and for some the first chance to soberly reflect is in prison itself. Fortunately for all of these women, someone or group eventually offers them a kind of lifeline either in friendship, mentoring, rehab or even more important, legal help and counseling, and they try to pull themselves back up.Read more ›
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We need to know these things are happening, The details are harrowing.
The book is designed as an educational tool in several ways. Read more
Excellent accounts of women's lives before, during and after their incarcerations. I thought women's prisons were more humane than men's in general, but after reading these... Read morePublished 14 months ago by CC_stuff
I found out about this book while reading an interview in the NYT. Whoever was reading it really liked it. Read morePublished on December 17, 2012 by Doctor Nick
"Inside This Place, Not of It" provides powerful insight into the faults in the American prison and judiciary systems for women. Read morePublished on May 23, 2012 by rubysophia
This beautifully-crafted, impeccably-researched volume is, in one word, chilling. "Inside this Place... Read morePublished on May 16, 2012 by Angela M.