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Marking Time in the Golden State

Marking Time in the Golden State
Women's Imprisonment in California

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Criminology

  • Date Published: February 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521532655

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  • In recent decades, the nature of criminal punishment has undergone change in the United States. This case study of women serving time in California in the 1960s and 1990s examines key points in this recent history. In this 2005 book, the authors begin with a look at imprisonment at the California Institution for Women in the early 1960s, when the rehabilitative model dominated official discourse. They compare women's experiences in the 1990s, at the California Institution for Women and the Valley State Prison, when the recent 'get tough' era was near its peak. Drawing on archival data, interviews, and surveys, their analysis considers the relationships among official philosophies and practices of imprisonment, women's responses to the prison regime, and relations between women prisoners. The experiences of women prisoners reflected the transformations Americans have witnessed in punishment over recent decades, but they also mirrored the deprivations and restrictions of imprisonment.

    • Covers two different periods of penal history
    • Includes a cross-institutional comparison
    • Focuses on women prisoners
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    • Date Published: February 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521532655
    • length: 218 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.33kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus. 16 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: the study unfolds
    1. Women, crime and punishment
    2. Entering the inmate's world: methods
    3. Time after time: women's experiences of imprisonment at the California institution for women in the 1960s and the 1990s
    4. Variations across time and place in women's prison experiences
    5. Negotiating prison life: how women 'do time' in the punitive era of the 1990s
    6. Conclusion: the spectrum of women prisoners' experiences
    Appendix. Characteristics of interviewees
    References.

  • Authors

    Candace Kruttschnitt, University of Minnesota

    Rosemary Gartner, University of Toronto

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