Civil Discourse & Social Change

Current Freedom Issues: Incarceration

Stop Mass Incarceration


    • Alexander, Michelle. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of  Colorblindness. New York: The New Press. 2010.
    • Bortner, M.A. “Controlled and Excluded: Reproduction and Motherhood Among Poor and
    • Imprisoned Women.” In Women at the Margins, edited by Figueira-McDonough and
    • Sarri, 255-270. New York: The Hawthorn Press, 2002.
    • Chen. Michelle. “’Bargain” on Immigration would Feed Prison Profits.” In These Times: With Liberty and Justice for All. July 26, 2013.  
    • Collins, Patricia Hill. “Producing the Mothers of the Nation: Race, Class and Contemporary U.S.
    • Population Policies.” In Women, Citizenship and Difference, edited by Nira Yuval-Davis, 118-29. London: Zed Books, 1999.
    • Diaz-Cotto, Juanita. Chicana Lives and Criminal Justice: Voices from El Barrio. Austin: 
      University of Texas. 2006.
    • Foucault, Michel. Discipline & Punishment: The Birth of the Prison. Translated by Alan Sheridan. New York: Random House. 1977/1995.
    • Lawston, Jodie and Ashley Lucas, eds. Razor Wire Women: Prisoners, Scholars, Activists, and 
      Artists, New York: SUNY Press, 2011.
    • Limoncelli, Stephanie. “The Trouble with Trafficking: Conceptualizing Women’s Sexual Labor and Economic Human Rights.” Women’s Studies International Forum, 32: 261-269, 2009.
    • Levi, Robin and Ayelet Waldman, eds. Inside This Place, Not of It: Narratives From Women's Prisons. San Francisco: McSweeney and Voice of Witness.
    • López-Garza, Marta.  "Formerly Incarcerated Women: Stories of Returning Home, to Family
      and Community" accepted for inclusion in the book manuscript, The Research Justice Reader: Strategies for Social Transformation, editor Andrew Jolivette, anticipated publication, 2015.
    • Silliman, Jael and Anannya Bhattacharjee, eds. Policing the National Body: Race, Gender, and 
                  Criminalization, Cambridge: South End Press, 2002.
    • Sudbury, Julia, ed. Global Lockdown: Race, Gender, and the Prison-Industrial Complex. New
      York: Routledge, 2005.
    • Thompson, Heather Ann. “How Prisons Changes the Balance of Power in America,” The
      Atlantic Magazine.
    • ______.  “Why Mass Incarceration Matters: Rethinking Crisis, Decline, and Transformation in Postwar American History.” The Journal of American History. December 2010.

Visual Media/Documentaries

      • López-Garza, Marta. "When Will the Punishment End?': Formerly Incarcerated Women Rebuilding Their Lives." Available for viewing at:


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