Life on the Edge of Insanity: The Daily Lives of Female Inmates in Two Texas Prisons

Denise W. Huggins, University of Arkansas - Fayetteville

Numerous books and articles have been written about doing time as a female inmate. The focus is often on the subcultures formed, the children and family missed, health problems encountered, mental health treatment, work programs, and their behavior which may include homosexuality, violence, manipulation, and/or sexual misconduct. On the other hand, as important as these issues are the monotonous everyday life of female inmates is often given only superficial recognition. With this in mind, the following paper explores the lives of female inmates in two Texas prisons. The focus is on how the majority of these women manage the boredom, humiliation, shame, and the lack of human compassion frequently found in female facilities.

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Updated 05/20/2006