Breaking women : gender, race, and the new politics of by Jill A. McCorkel

By Jill A. McCorkel

Winner of the 2014 department of girls and Crime individual pupil Award awarded by means of the yank Society of Criminology

Finalist for the 2013 C. Wright turbines e-book Award offered through the Society for the examine of Social Problems
 
Since the Eighties, while the warfare on medicinal drugs kicked into excessive equipment and legal populations soared, the rise in women’s cost of incarceration has gradually outpaced that of guys. consequently, women’s prisons within the US have suffered might be the main vastly from the overcrowding and recurrent price range crises that experience plagued the penal procedure considering that harsher medicinal drugs legislation got here into influence. In Breaking Women, Jill A. McCorkel attracts upon 4 years of on-the-ground examine in a massive US women’s criminal to discover why more durable drug rules have so tremendously affected these incarcerated there, and the way the very nature of punishment in women’s detention facilities has been deeply altered for that reason.
 
Through compelling interviews with prisoners and country body of workers, McCorkel finds that well known so-called “habilitation” drug therapy courses strength girls to just accept a view of themselves as inherently broken, aberrant addicts so as to safe an past liberate. those courses have been created in an effort to enact stricter punishments on lady drug offenders whereas ultimate delicate to their perceived female wishes for therapy, but they as an alternative paintings to implement stereotypes of deviancy that finally humiliate and degrade the ladies. The prisoners are left feeling misplaced and alienated after all, and plenty of by no means actually handle their habit because the courses’ organizers could have was hoping. a desirable and but sobering learn, Breaking Women foregrounds the gendered and racialized assumptions in the back of tough-on-crime guidelines whereas supplying a vibrant account of ways the modern penal process affects person lives.

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While in graduate school I was influenced and encouraged by a number of wonderful scholars, including Ronnie J. Steinberg, Kathleen Tierney, Sandra Harding, Valerie Hans, Susan Miller, Frank Scarpitti, Heather Smith, Chrissy Saum, and Kristy Miller. Jim Inciardi made this research possible—literally. Although he and I reached different conclusions about the effectiveness of this type of treatment programming, he was steadfast in his support of my work and I am thankful for the many opportunities he afforded me.

I argue that Prison Services Company capitalized on this crisis by providing staff with a clinical discourse that offered quasi-scientific validation for racist constructions of “real criminals” and their needs. In short order, the disease concept became the central ideological register for justifying changes to the practice and objective of control within the prison. In part 2 I examine the social technologies that constitute habilitation. Habilitation relies on a distinct power/knowledge apparatus.

The popular crime-control adage “lock ’em up and throw away the key” suggests that within the rubric of the “get tough” movement, unruly selves are considered beyond redemption and repair. The trend toward greater punitiveness was amplified within the prison system, as carceral priorities shifted away from rehabilitation in favor of the “humane incapacitation” of the millions of men and women who were serving time. Indeed, it was not just that more Americans were being sent to prison than ever before, it was that prisons themselves were changing.

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