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Journal of African American Studies

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 339–342 | Cite as

Beth E. Richie, Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and America’s Prison Nation

New York: New York University Press, 2012, Pp. 229. Paperback $22.00
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In Arrested Justice, Beth E. Richie unravels how Black women and their vulnerable, discounted status in the USA are the result of America’s prison nation design. Defined as the strategic disenfranchisement of marginalized groups through political processes, the prison nation systematically puts Black women in a position to receive insufficient services and opportunities in the USA and then criminalizes them for their failures. Via legal policies, laws, and imprisonment, the power of the American elite is maintained and Black women are labeled a problem rather than women actively seeking (but being denied) solutions. To illustrate the impact of these marginalized positions, Richie uses the common thread of stories about Tanya, Ms. B., and the New Jersey 4 to show how the presence of the prison nation has made violence in the lives of Black women more problematic. Though such cases are thought by Richie to be anomalies in the eyes of the public, she encourages readers to recognize the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA

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