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People in U.S. prisons are routinely subjected to physical, sexual, and mental abuse. While this has been documented in male prisons, women in prison often suffer in relative anonymity. Women Inside addresses this critical social justice issue, empowering incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women to share the stories that have previously been silenced. Among the narrators: Irma Rodriguez, in prison on drug charges. While in prison in 1990, Irma was diagnosed HIV positive, but after a decade and a half of aggressive and toxic treatment, Irma learned that she never had HIV. Sheri Dwight, a domestic violence survivor who was sent to prison for attempting to kill her batterer. While in prison, she underwent surgery for abdominal pain and learned more than four years later that she had been sterilized without her consent.
Winner of The National Council on Crime and Delinquency's PASS Award for Literature
Meg Waite Clayton, Huffington Post
"A chilling glimpse of the human rights abuses suffered by women in U.S. prisons... a captivating read."
Ashley Lucas, Ms. Magazine Blog
"These stories are a gift. The women in this book compel us to imagine how their lives would be differenthow we would be differentif we responded to their experience with genuine care, compassion, and concern.”
from the foreword by Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow
"Inside This Place, Not Of It is precisely the kind of book we need now. In reading these narrativesso skillfully assembled, and with the accompanying statistics and data which let readers see how America and its states are complicit in taking away lives and dignity from so many womenwhat stands out is the poignant sense of abandonment and sadness that changed their lives from childhood, and the astonishing strength and perseverance that let them survive in prison. I will never forget these women, or this book."
Susan Straight, author of Take One Candle Light A Room
I am passionately, ardently grateful for the existence of this book. How else would I have ever heard the voices of these women? Where would I gain insight or understanding of the lives they describe: harrowing, riveting, rife with misogyny, and utterly unacceptable in a country that values human rights.”
Peggy Orenstein, author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture
We may hear about prisons, but not much from prisoners, and certainly not from women prisoners, which makes Inside This Place, Not of It so unusual.”