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    < Atwood, Jane Evelyn.Too Much Time: Women in Prison. Phaidon Press Limited, 2000.
(see also Women and Prisons)
This book contains extremely powerful photos of women prisoners in France, Czech Republic, India, Israel, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States. The images and writings serve to illustrate the continuum of violence against women and show how victimized women are criminalized by a sexist and racist criminal justice system.

    < Chigwada-Bailey, Ruth.Black Women’s Experiences of the Criminal Justice: A Discourse on Disadvantage.Waterside Press, 1997
(see also Women and Prisons and Racism/Colonial Control/Prisons)
This book exposes the systematic disadvantages experienced by black women due to the intersecting forces of race, gender and class. The author’s research in based on life experience interviews with African-Caribbean women in Britain that explores their relationship with various factions of the criminal justice system including law enforcement, probation, mental health institutions, court and prisons.

    < Harlow, Barbara.Barred: Women, Writing, and Political Detention. Wesleyan University Press, 1992.
A survey, with extensive excerpts, of writings by and about women political prisoners in Northern Ireland, Israel, El Salvador, Egypt, South Africa, and the United States.

    < Sadawi, Nawal . Memoirs from the Women’s Prison. University of California Press, 1994 (reprint ed).
(see also Women and Prisons)
Imprisoned in 1981 by Anwar Sadat for alleged “crimes against the State”, Sadawi describes women’s resistance to state violence and shares insight into the formation of a women’s community. She describes how political prisoners, both secular intellectuals and Islamic revivalists, forged alliances to demand better conditions and to maintain their sanity while incarcerated.

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