“You will not be able to put this book down. Lempert intersperses the active voices of women serving life with the personal and social forces that lead them to prison. She challenges the many stereotypes of women serving life without possibility of parole. And she clarifies the different ways the women create new, positive definitions of self within the corrosive environment of life in prison. Your students will be well served by considering the experiences of the women and will be challenged by Lempert's interpretation of the ethnographic data.”-Natalie J. Sokoloff,co-editor of The Criminal Justice System and Women
“Women Doing Life
is an outstanding piece of work that unapologetically showcases an understudied group within our criminal justice system by mixing together the voice of feminist criminology, crime statistics, and powerful stories of self-reform, despair, injustice, courage, and hope.”-Journal of Family Strengths
“Lora Lempert has written about the tragic failure of our penal system, but at the same time about the heroic way women who are incarcerated survive it. If you are looking for stories of courage and pride among people who society would like to forget, this book is a compelling archive.”-Todd R. Clear,co-author of The Punishment Imperative: The Rise and Failure of Mass Incarceration
About the Author
Lora Bex Lempert
is Professor Emerita at the University of Michigan – Dearborn. For twelve years, she was a co-sponsor of the National Lifers of America chapter at a women’s correctional facility and the coordinator of college level courses offered at that facility. She also offered the first Inside Out Prison Exchange class in Michigan.