Marginalization and Hope: Personal Narratives of Previously Incarcerated Mothers

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Wyatt-Nichol, H., & Seabrook, R. (2015). Marginalization and hope: Personal narratives of previously incarcerated mothers. In J. Minaker, & B. Hogeveen, (Eds.) Criminalized mothers/Criminalizing motherhood. (pp.355-372). Bradford: Demeter Press, 20.



Incarceration among women in America's correctional system has dramatically increased over the past several decades, an increase of approximately ten percent each year (Laux et al.). Not surprisingly the majority of imprisoned when, approximately 70 percent, are mothers with dependent children (Poehlmann). Women have an average of two to three children living with them prior to incarceration (Laux et al.; Polluck). Within state institutions, 64 percent of incarcerated women had at least one child under the age of eighteen prior to incarceration —the number increases to 84 percent in federal prisons (Laux et al.; Figueira-McDonough and Sarri; Morash and Schream; Moses; Snyder; Tuerk and Loper).