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Thursday, Feb 28, 2008, 11:57 am

Women Behind Bars

By Brian Cook

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I just noticed Dana Goldstein's post on TAPPED about the staggeringly high incarceration rate for black women between the ages of 35 and 39. (One in 100!) If you want to get a sense of the human cost beyond the statistics, you really need to read Silja J.A. Talvi, who has literally written the book on this phenomenon. I can't recommend Women Behind Bars enough: Powerful, heartbreaking, but necessary. Read it.

Brian Cook was an editor at In These Times from 2003 to 2009. He now works on the editorial staff of Playboy magazine.

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