Incarceration and Older Women
Giving Back Not Giving Up

By (author) Regina Benedict

ISBN13: 9781529231618

Imprint: Bristol University Press

Publisher: Bristol University Press

Format: Hardback

Published: 01/07/2023

Availability: Not yet available

Generativity or 'giving back' is regarded as a common life stage, occurring for many around middle age. For the first time, this book offers qualitative research on the lives and social relationships of older imprisoned women. In-depth interviews with 29 female prisoners in the south-eastern United States show that older women both engage in generative behaviours in prison and also wish to do so upon their release. As prisoners continue to age, the US finds itself at a crossroads on prison reform, with potential decarceration beginning with older prisoners. The COVID-19 pandemic has led many to consider how to thrive under difficult circumstances and in stressing the resilience of older incarcerated women, this book envisions what this could look like.
Foreword Preface Chapter 1: Aging Less than Gracefully Chapter 2: Welcome to My Home: Cell Block D Chapter 3: Older, Wiser, and Incarcerated Chapter 4: A Positively Negative Experience Chapter 5: Parenting Behind Bars Chapter 6: Aging in Their Own Bodies: Peace of Mind, Body, and Circumstance Chapter 7: 'Usefulness' of a 'Useless' Population Chapter 8: Why Not Give Them a Chance? References Appendix A: Sample Demographics and Details of Current Sentence Appendix B: Research Synopsis Appendix C: Suggestions for Further Reading Afterword
  • Society & culture: general
  • Social services & welfare, criminology
  • Crime & criminology
  • Penology & punishment
  • Offenders
  • General (US: Trade)
  • Professional & Vocational
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