The Longtimers/Insiders Activist Group at Tutwiler Prison for Women

Erline Bibbs

in Interrupted Life

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780520252493
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944565 | DOI:
The Longtimers/Insiders Activist Group at Tutwiler Prison for Women

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The author, an incarcerated woman, describes the kind of leadership that “experienced” incarcerated women in Alabama and Louisiana have been willing—and determined—to exercise in the interests of their community. She shows how the Longtimers/Insiders Activist Group at Tutwiler Prison in Alabama claimed a voice in decision making about a number of issues, especially about the new women's prison under construction. The participants in this group believe fervently that they can offer important, seasoned insights about the proper size of the new facility, its location, and its programs. The chapter shows that even in a domain governed by crude practicalities and politics, a group of incarcerated women can act on the powerful urge to introduce logic and lay claim to the dignity of experience.

Keywords: Alabama; Louisiana; incarcerated women; Longtimers/Insiders Activist Group; Tutwiler Prison; women’s prison; decision making; politics

Chapter.  1883 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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