By Andi Rierden

Written through a journalist, this ebook depicts the daily struggles and matters of inmates a the Connecticut Correctional establishment in Niantic (renamed the Janet S. York correctional Institution), the state's simply felony for ladies. construct in 1917 as a piece farm for prostitutes, unwed moms, and different girls of allegedly immoral personality, "the Farm," because it remains to be referred to as, has lengthy served as a barometer of winning social attitudes towards women.

In the summer time of 1992, Andi Rierden acquired permission from the warden at Niantic to behavior examine on existence contained in the establishment. throughout the subsequent 3 and a part years, she spent greater than fifteen hundred hours one of the ladies, recording interviews, walking the grounds with inmates and corrections officials, sharing foodstuff, attending periods and workforce counseling periods, and monitoring former inmates after their unencumber.

The tales those girls inform shed mild ton a variety of matters, from the consequences of extra stringent drug legislation and sentences to the increase of violence between inmates. within the technique it turns into transparent that the appropriate of rehabilitation has been principally deserted and changed via a trust in punishment and retribution.

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Title : The Farm : Life Inside a Women's Prison author : Rierden, Andi. publisher : University of Massachusetts Press isbn10 | asin : 1558490809 print isbn13 : 9781558490802 ebook isbn13 : 9780585084107 language : English subject Niantic Correctional Institution, Reformatories for women--Connecticut. 43/097465 subject : Niantic Correctional Institution, Reformatories for women--Connecticut. ) Designed by Dennis Anderson Printed and bound by Braun-Brumfield, Inc. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Rierden, Andi, date.

She has soft curly brown hair and wears thick glasses. "The food was delicious because we grew it here. The manual labor was pleasant, and everybody knew everybody. " The two laws Rossignol was accused of violating were declared unconstitutional by the late 1960s, but before then thousands of women in the state had served terms for similar convictions. Rossignol says she has no idea if being thrown in prison at such a young age for a such a preposterous crime had anything to do with her repeated criminal behavior.

To the twenty-three-year-old Maryland native, arriving here was like reaching the end of a long pilgrimage. For some time she had been working at a residential home for emotionally disturbed boys outside Baltimore and was aching to do more with her life. One day she picked up a Sunday supplement out of the Baltimore Sun and spotted an article titled, ''A Prison with a View,'' about this prison for women in Connecticut. The article examined the regimen at Niantic, with its campuslike atmosphere, where inmates spent their time in "unprison-like activities" such as going to school and attending group therapy and Alcoholics Anonymous.

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