Pastel Fascism: Reflections of Social Control Techniques Used With Women in Prison

Barbara H. Zaitzow, Appalachian State University

Women's issues and prison issues are part of the same struggle. Prison issues are important because individual women are being oppressed by prison and, in a wider context, because the judicial/prison system exists to support the larger power structure that oppresses us all. If we hope to facilitate the re-entry of incarcerated women to "free" society, we must attempt to reform current policies and programs which tend to reinforce women offenders' dependency upon the system. The intent of the current effort is to begin the re-examination of the relationship between prisons, society, and social justice.

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Updated 05/20/2006