Narratives from Women’s Prisons

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Robin Levi and Ayelet Waldman, editors of Inside This Place, Not of It: Narratives from Women’s Prisons, and Tina Reynolds, a former prisoner who is an activist for women in New York prisons, talk about what it’s like inside women’s prisons, and the routine physical, sexual, and mental abuse that is often overlooked.


Robin Levi, Tina Reynolds and Ayelet Waldman

Comments [11]

elizabeth wheeler from Staten Island

Shackling a woman in labor serves what purpose? If she is on the labor and delivery floor and has been admitted - she IS in labor. How far could she actually run to escape? Any woman who has ever experienced the pain of true labor can tell you that the chances of her running for the door are ZERO. And, even if she did, security is on site and she wouldn't get far. Labor isn't difficult enough all by itself????
I worked in a women's prison in another state in the early 90s. They admitted a woman who was about 5 months pregnant with twins. She was a heroin addict. Rather than put her on methadone to ease the withdrawal from heroin - they made her go cold turkey. Those fools didn't even consider what that would do to the fetuses the woman was carrying. Once a person is imprisioned, their health and healthcare is in the lap of the state - yet they did not rise to the needs of these unborn kids.

Feb. 08 2012 12:44 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

"Meshuggena" feminist brazen criminals. So, what's next?

Feb. 08 2012 12:32 PM
john from office

Sounds like spoiled, white women, saving the world.

Feb. 08 2012 12:31 PM

Dehumanizing people serves no purpose and only interferes with that human being's rehabilitation. Non-violent crime does not warrant violent incarceration. When >95% of those incarcerated will one day be released, the way we treat them does matter. The way those in prison evolve while incarcerated, and the person they are upon leaving, does matter to all of us in society.

Feb. 08 2012 12:30 PM
Richard Johnston from Manhattan upper west side

Not to excuse in any way that sort of behavior, but it's probably a lot easier to fire a guard for missing too many days than for molesting a prisoner. Whatever it takes to get him out of there.

Feb. 08 2012 12:29 PM

isn't getting a prison sentence the loss of YOUR RIGHTS? pandering to pregnant prisoners may lead to potential prisoners getting knocked up prior to getting incarcerated so they can get special treatment. Men dont have this option. Men get abused in prison. No one is changing their treatment because of "trauma". maybe women aren't EQUAL after all?

Feb. 08 2012 12:29 PM

no offense, but how can one expect the general public feel bad for prisoners when they are there by their own accord. it sucks to be abused in prison and all that but the stuff that gets you locked up usually involves a selfish and anti social behavior that only when caught and locked up does the perp realize maybe they were in the wrong.

Feb. 08 2012 12:26 PM
john from office

So, no one is guilty?? All the prisoners are innocent?? Wow.

Feb. 08 2012 12:26 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Here we go. Now we have to have special privileges for feminist criminals too. And how can they use pregnancy as an excuse, when they have the God-given right to abort at will anyway?

Hey,if you did the crime, do the time. Poverty and/or pregnancy is no excuse. Prison is a place people should never want to come back to.

Feb. 08 2012 12:24 PM
john from office

Sounds like no one should ever be in Jail, since everyone can claim some sort of trama.

Feb. 08 2012 12:23 PM
john from office

Do all young women now speak in a sing song, high low manner. It is so distracting. I am waiting for the "Whatever"

We should remind these women that they are in a prison, not an Ivory tower. If no searches, then there would be drugs and weapons smuggled in.

Feb. 08 2012 12:13 PM

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