Although recent research documents the consequences of mass incarceration for those on the outside of the prison system, little research addresses women’s experiences specifically. This article examines women at the center of mass incarceration, drawing on fieldwork and interviews from female participants in the criminal justice reform organization Families to Amend California’s Three Strikes (FACTS). For these women, the incarceration of a loved one is both a source of burden as well as the fuel for resistance. Their narratives reveal how the social and institutional neglect prisoners face prompts increased care-taking labor on the part of “women on the outside”, but also leaves these women as the only ‘legitimate’ voice of resistance. Because of the gendered nature of mass incarceration, women occupy a unique and powerful position in the movement for criminal justice reform, allowing for the incorporation of the ethics of gender equality.
|Keywords:||Mass Incarceration, Women-Centered, Collateral Damage, Motherhood, Gender Equality, Criminal Justice|
Sociology Department, University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA, USA
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