Congratulations to Dr. McCorkel on the release of her new book!
McCorkel, Jill. (2013) Breaking Women: Gender, Race and the New Politics of Imprisonment. New York, NY: New York University Press.
Since the 1980s, when the War on Drugs kicked into high gear and prison populations soared, the increase in women's rate of incarceration has steadily outpaced that of men. As a result, women's prisons in the US have suffered perhaps the most drastically from the overcrowding and recurrent budget crises that have plagued the penal system since harsher drugs laws came into effect. In Breaking Women, Jill A. McCorkel draws upon four years of on-the-ground research in a major US women's prison to uncover why tougher drug policies have so greatly affected those incarcerated there, and how the very nature of punishment in women's detention centers has been deeply altered as a result.
Through compelling interviews with prisoners and state personnel, McCorkel reveals that popular so-called "habilitation" drug treatment programs force women to accept a view of themselves as inherently damaged, aberrant addicts in order to secure an earlier release. These programs were created as a way to enact stricter punishments on female drug offenders while remaining sensitive to their perceived feminine needs for treatment, yet they instead work to enforce stereotypes of deviancy that ultimately humiliate and degrade the women. The prisoners are left feeling lost and alienated in the end, and many never truly address their addiction as the programs' organizers may have hoped. A fascinating and yet sobering study, Breaking Women foregrounds the gendered and racialized assumptions behind tough-on-crime policies while offering a vivid account of how the contemporary penal system impacts individual lives.
Note: The photo for this book cover was taken by Dr. McCorkel and the model is Shericka Ward, a Criminal Justice graduate (class of 2012)!
Jones, Brian. (Forthcoming). Buried Treasure: The Pursuit of Social Capital in American Life. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.
Pattnayak, Satya, Anil Hira, and Imtiaz Hussain. (2008). North American Homeland Security: Back to Bilateralism? Westport, CT: Praeger Security International.
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Eckstein, Rick and Kevin Delaney. (2004). Public Dollars, Private Stadiums: the Battle over Building Sports Stadiums. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
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Journal Articles & Book Chapters
Payne, Allison Ann and Kelly Welch (Forthcoming). Restorative justice in schools: The influence of race on restorative discipline. Youth & Society.
DeFina, Robert and Lance Hannon (Forthcoming). The Impact of Mass Incarceration on Poverty. Crime and Delinquency.
Payne, Allison Ann. (Forthcoming). Communal School Organization Effects on School Disorder: Interactions with School Structure. Deviant Behavior.
Gallagher, Bernard J. III., Brian J. Jones, and Kristen E. Eaton. (Forthcoming). A sex-specified effect of obstetrical complications in symptoms of schizophrenia. Clinical Schizophrenia & Related Psychoses.
Gallagher, Bernard J. III. and Brian J. Jones. (2013). Childhood stressors and symptoms of schizophrenia. Clinical Schizophrenia & Related Psychoses, 1-19.
DeFina, Robert and Lance Hannon. (2012). Sowing the Seeds: How Adult Incarceration Promotes Juvenile Delinquency. Crime, Law and Social Change, 57, 475-491.
Pattnayak, Satya. (2012). Political Democracy, Neoliberalism, and Social Equity: Chile in Comparative Perspective. In A. Nafey et. al. (Eds.), Chile in the Age of Globalization (pp. 74-95). New Delhi, India: Manak Publishers.
Welch, Kelly and Allison Ann Payne. (2012). Exclusionary school punishment: The effect of racial threat on expulsion and suspension. Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, 10, 155-171.
Becker, Sarah and Jill McCorkel. (2011). The Gender of Criminal Opportunity: The Impact of Male Co-Offenders on Women's Crime. Feminist Criminology, 6(2), 79-110.
DeFina, Robert and Lance Hannon (2011). The Legacy of Black Lynching and Contemporary Segregation in the South. The Review of Black Political Economy, 38, 165-181.
DeFina, Robert, Jill Viglione, and Lance Hannon (2011). The Impact of Light Skin on Prison Time for Black Female Offenders. Social Science Journal, 48, 250-258.
Jones, Brian, Bernard J. Gallagher III, Dana M. Moss, and Joseph A. McFalls, Jr. (2011). Obstetrical complications, social class and type of schizophrenia. Clinical Schizophrenia & Related Psychoses, 5, 33-39.
Welch, Kelly. (2011). Parental status and punitiveness: Moderating effects of gender and concern about crime. Crime & Delinquency, 57:878-906.
Welch, Kelly, Allison Ann Payne, Ted Chiricos, and Marc Gertz. (2011). The Typification of Hispanics as Criminals and Support for Crime Control Policies. Social Science Research, 40, 3.
DeFina, Robert and Lance Hannon (2010). For Incapacitation, There is No Time Like the Present: The Lagged Effects of Prisoner Reentry on Property and Violent Crime Rates. Social Science Research, 39, 1004-1014.
DeFina, Robert and Lance Hannon (2010). The State of the Economy and the Relationship Between Prisoner Reentry and Crime. Social Problems, 57, 611-629.
DeFina, Robert and Lance Hannon (2010). The Impact of Adult Incarceration on Child Poverty: A County-level Analysis, 1995-2007. The Prison Journal, 90, 377-396.
Payne, Allison Ann and Kelly Welch. (2010). Modeling the effects of racial threat on punitive and restorative school discipline practices. Criminology, 48, 1019-1062.
Welch, Kelly and Allison Ann Payne. (2010). Racial threat and punitive school discipline. Social Problems, 57, 25-48.