The Gender-Responsive Prison Expansion Movement

Cynthia Chandler

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 Gender-Responsive Prison Expansion Movement

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On April 4, 2007, Cynthia Chandler of Justice Now participated in a conversation with Cara Page, then executive director of the Committee on Women, Population, and the Environment; Loretta Ross, executive director of Sister Song; and Rickie Solinger, coeditor of Interrupted Life. This chapter is an edited version of Chandler's critique of what Justice Now and others are calling “the gender-responsive prison expansion movement,” a development that she explains must be opposed. Loretta Ross provides a perspective on the relationship between the work of the reproductive justice and prison abolition movements. Justice Now is a California-based organization dedicated to ending violence against women and stopping their incarceration. Chandler explains the dangers many see in the concept of gender responsiveness are at the heart of the growing numbers of “prison reform” plans around the country.

Keywords: Cynthia Chandler; prison reform; Justice Now; Cara Page; prison expansion; prison abolition; incarceration; women; violence; gender responsiveness

Chapter.  2591 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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