When we talk about prisoners, we’re still mostly thinking of men.
And the mental imagery that the subject conjures — from the TV show “Oz” perhaps, or “The Shawshank Redemption,” or from the Willie Horton ad of the 1988 presidential election — now belies a subtle yet, for those involved, explosive change. For during the 1990s, while the number of males in U.S. prisons grew by an astronomical 77 percent, the number of women grew by an even more astonishing 108 percent.
Still, only 7 percent of all those in state or federal prison are women.
Associated Press - May 1, 2009 6:35 PM ET
Diana Block (Chair) - California Coalition for Women Prisoners
Laura Whitehorn - former anti-imperialist political prisoner & editor, POZ magazine
Soffiyah Elijah - human rights attorney, Harvard Law School Criminal Justice Institute
The audio for the talk can be found here:
: Reading and discussion about women, incarceration and resistance
Friday, April 24, 7 pm
A Night of ART & RESISTANCE
slideshow performance, music & discussion
Friday May 8th, 8pm
author of Disaster & Resistance: Comics and Landscapes for the 21st Century
author of Stop Forgetting to Remember: The Autobiography of Walter Kurtz and the upcoming Diario de Oaxaca
Tuesday, May 12, 7 pm
8 B NE Killingsworth St
Portland, OR 97211
Authors to Speak on the Rapid Rise of Women in Prison
The number of women in prison has nearly tripled within the past 2 decades. As of December, 2007, there were over 1,500 women in Washington State prisons alone.