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A World Apart by Cristina Rathbone
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Jun 13, 2006 | ISBN 9780812971095

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“Cristina Rathbone is a fearless journalist, not only because she spent five years talking to women inmates at Framingham, but because she would not let the authorities keep her from telling the close-up truth about the lives of women in prison. This book will alter the way we think about the mothers, daughters, wives, and sisters our society has forgotten.”
Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues

“The crimes committed by American women do not justify the crimes now being committed against them in our prisons. Cristina Rathbone has written a powerful book about the cruelty of this system, full of eloquence, dark humor, and compassion.”
Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation

“This is an important, hard-won book, throughout which the deepest meanings of commitment come to bear: the unjust commitment of women to our nation’s prisons, the women’s commitment to their families and the risks of hope, and, as strikingly, Cristina Rathbone’s commitment to her profession and her craft.”
Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, author of Random Family

“A World Apart should be required reading for all Americans, and especially those concerned about gender and justice. Through compelling narratives of inmate lives, interspersed with historical background, Rathbone exposes the high personal and social costs of poverty, violence, and sexual coercion. Beautifully presented, these stories provide both raw and tender accounts of institutional life, documenting as well women’s struggles to break the cycle of institutionalization. The contrast between historical episodes of prison reform and the contemporary disaster of women’s prisons will sadden and should enrage readers.”
Estelle B. Freedman, Edgar E. Robinson professor of U.S. history, Stanford University, author of Their Sisters’ Keepers: Women’s Prison Reform in America, 1830—1930

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