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Convicted Survivors

by Elizabeth Dermody Leonard, Ph.D.
Full Dissertation (in PDF format)
To order "Convicted Survivors: The Imprisonment of Battered Women Who Kill", call SUNY Press at (607) 277-2211, fax (800) 688-2877, or email Paperback: $18.95. Hardcover $57.50.

Critical Resistance - Incite Statement: Gender Violence and the Prison Industrial Complex

(off site link)
INCITE! Invites All Social Justice Movements to Sign On to a Joint Statement by Critical Resistance and INCITE! on Gender Violence and the Prison Industrial Complex.

Community Accountability: Principles, Concerns, Strategies, Models

(off site link)
Incite! Women of Color Against Violence - Community Accountability: Principles/Concerns/Strategies/Models Working Document March 5, 2003

Validity & Use of Evidence Concerning Battering and Its Effects in Criminal Trials

by Mary Ann Dutton and Janet Parrish for the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (1996)
(156 pages, PDF format, off site link)
This three-part report examines the use and admissibility of expert testimony on battering and its effects in criminal cases, particularly in cases involving battered women charged with crimes. Discusses the limitations of the concept of "Battered Women Syndrome" and describes why testimony on "battering and its effects" is generally preferred.

Critique of the ‘Battered Woman Syndrome’ Model

by Mary Ann Dutton, Ph.D. (1996)
(4 pages, PDF format, off site link)
Explores the inadequacy of the term “battered woman syndrome” for describing battered women’s experiences.

Women’s Experiences of Abuse as a Risk Factor for Incarceration

by Mary Gilfus, Ph.D. (2002)
(13 pages, PDF format, off site link)
Explores six pathways to incarceration that are correlated with histories of abuse.

Profile of Women Incarcerated For Murder in Oklahoma

by Constance L. Hardesty, Kathleen O'Shea, and Beverly Fletcher. (1994)
(off site link)
Finds that while most women in prison experienced some abuse during childhood and a clear majority experienced abuse in adulthood, women incarcerated for murder were more likely to have experienced this abuse frequently.

An Overview of Parole and the Board of Prison Terms in California

by Rowan Klein
(40 pages, PDF format, link)
Handbook for criminal law practitioners regarding common post-conviction issues relating to parole.

Understanding the Links Between Violence Against Women and Women's Participation in Illegal Activity, Final Report

by Beth Richie, Ph.D.
(50 pages, PDF format, offsite link)
Exploration of the relationship between women's experience of battering and sexual assault and involvement in criminal activity among women at the Cook County Jail in Chicago, IL.

Examining the Relationship Between the Women’s Anti-Violence Movement and the Criminal Legal System

by the Ms. Foundation for Women. (2003)
(32 pages, PDF format, offsite link)
Questions whether the battered women’s movement has relied on the criminal legal system too much to help protect survivors of battering. Explores the unintended consequences of criminalizing domestic violence. Examines alternative strategies for responding to violence against women.

Women of Color and the Violence of Law Enforcement

by Anannya Bhattacharjee. (2001)
(55 pages, PDF format, offsite link)
Explores the impact of violence against women of color by law enforcement (including immigration enforcement and prisons). Critiques social justice movements’ responses to such violence. Provides recommendations for building new alliances and creating new strategies for responding to enforcement violence against women of color.

Every Door Closed: Barriers Facing Parents With Criminal Records

by the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and Community Legal Services, Inc., of Philadelphia. (2002)
(109 pages, PDF format, offsite link)
Documents the legal barriers faced by parents who have completed their prison or jail sentences, including challenges with employment and immigration, as well as accessing public benefits, housing, child welfare systems, and student loans.

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