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America’s Growing Gender Jail Gap

Jacob Kang-Brown and Olive Lu The New York Review of Books
Amber Rose Howard, leader for alternatives to incarceration. In the middle of her senior year at Pomona High in eastern Los Angeles County, Amber Rose Howard was arrested and booked into county jail. Howard had been accepted into several colleges when she was admitted to jail on felony charges.

From Prison to Ph.D.: The Redemption and Rejection of Michelle Jones

Eli Hager New York Times
“I knew that I had come from this very dark place — I was abhorrent to society,” said Michelle Jones, a Ph.D. candidate at N.Y.U. who was released from prison in August after serving 20 years. “But for 20 years, I’ve tried to do right, because I was still interested in the world, and because I didn’t believe my past made me somehow cosmically un-educatable forever.”

Women's Prisons as Sites of Resistance: An Interview With Victoria Law

Maya Schenwar Truthout
When we think of prison protest, what comes to mind? That list would include the Attica uprising, George Jackson, struggles of the Angola 3 activists, the 2013 California prison hunger strike and other crucial resistance - mostly organized by incarcerated men. Often, organizing work done by incarcerated women goes wholly unrecognized. In her book, Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women, Victoria Law focuses on women prisoners activism.
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