Readings on Incarcerated Women

Prepared by Dr. Susan Sharp ~ April, 2010

Allard, P. (2007). Research to action.  Women & Criminal Justice, 17(2), 27-42.

Arriola, K. J., Smith, L. S., & Farrow, M. (2006).  Criminalizing the victim:  Interpersonal violence in the lives of incarcerated women.  In R. L. Braithwite, K. J. Arriola, & C. Newkirk (Eds.), Health issues among incarcerated women (3-17).  New Brunswick, NJ:  Rutgers University Press.

Arriola, K. J., Braithewaite, R. L., & Newkirk, C. (2006).  An overview of incarcerated women’s health.  In R. L. Braithwite, K. J. Arriola, & C. Newkirk (Eds.), Health issues among incarcerated  women (3-17).  New Brunswick, NJ:  Rutgers University Press.

Atwood, J. (2000).  Too much time:  Women in prison. London, England:  Phaidon Press Limited.

Belknap, J. E. (2001).  The invisible women:  Gender, crime, and justice (second edition). Belmont, CA:  Wadsworth/Thomson Learning.

Belknap, J. E., & Holsinger, K. (2006).  The gendered nature of risk factors for delinquency.  Feminist Criminology, 1 (1), 48-71.

Blanchette, K., & Brown, S. L. (2006). The assessment and treatment of women offenders:  An integrative perspective.  Chichester, England:  John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Bliss, M. J., Cook, S. L., & Kaslow, N. J.  (2006).  An ecological approach to understanding incarcerated women’s responses to abuse.  Women & Therapy, 29 (3/4), 97-116.

Bloom, B. (Ed.). (2003). Gendered justice:  Addressing female offenders. Durham, NC:  Carolina Academic Press.

Bloom, B., Owen, B., & Covington, S. (2002).  Gender-responsive strategies: A summary of research, practice, and guiding principles for women offenders.  Washington, D.C.:  National Institute of Corrections.

Braithwite, R. L., Arriola, K. J., & Newkirk, C. (Eds.), Health issues among incarcerated  women. New Brunswick, NJ:  Rutgers University Press

Brown, L. S., & Ballou, M. (2002).  Rethinking mental health & disorder:  Feminist  perspectives.  New York, NY:  The Guilford Press.

Bruns, C. M. & Lesko, T. M. (1999).  In the belly of the beast. Women & Therapy, 22(2), 69-85.

Chesney-Lind, M. & Pasko. P. (2004).  The female offender: Girls, women and crime. Thousand Oaks: Sage Press, Inc.

Cook, S. L., Smith, S. G., Tusher, C. P., & Raiford, J. (2005).  Self-reports of traumatic events in a random sample of incarcerated women. Women & Criminal Justice, 16 (1/2), 107-126.

Cook, S. L., Smith, S. G.,  Tusher, C. P., & Raiford, J. (2005).  Self-reports of traumatic events in a random sample of incarcerated women. Women & Criminal Justice, 16 (1/2), 107-126.

Edwards, V, J., Holden, G. W., Felitti, V. J. & Anda, R. F. (2003). Relationship between multiple forms of childhood maltreatment and adult mental health in community respondents: Results from the adverse childhood experiences study. American Journal of Psychiatry, 160(8), 1453-1460.

Enos, S. (2001).  Mothering from the inside:  Parenting in a women’s prison. Albany, NY:  State University of New York Press.

George, E. (2010).  A woman doing life:  Notes from a prison for women.  Oxford, England:  Oxford University Press.

Girshick, L.B. (1999).  No safe haven:  Stories of women in prison.  Boston:  Northeastern University Press.

Glaze, L. E., & Maruschak, L. M. (2008).  Parents in prison and their minor children, (NCJ 222984). Washington, D.C.:  Bureau of Justice Statistics. Retrieved 1/29/10 from

Gonnerman, J. (2004).  Life on the outside:  The prison odyssey of Elaine Bartlett. New York, NY:  Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.

Goodman, L. A., & Epstein, D. (2008).  Listening to battered women:  A survivor-centered approach to advocacy, mental health, and justice. Washington, DC:  American Psychological Association.

Hannah-Moffat, K. (2009).  Gridlock or mutability:  Reconsidering “gender” and risk assessment. Criminology & Public Policy, 8(1), 209-219

Haney, L. A. (2010). Offending women:  Power, punishment, and the regulation of desire. Berkeley, CA:  University of California Press.

Harden, J., & Hill, M. (Eds). (1998). Breaking the rules:  Women in prison and feminist therapy.  Binghamton, NY:  The Harrington Park Press.

Herman, J. L. (1992).  Trauma and recovery.   New York, New York: BasicBooks.

Kruttschnitt, C., & Macmillan, R. (2006).  The violent victimization of women:  A life course perspective.  In K. Heimer & C. Kruttschnitt (Eds), Gender and crime:  Patterns in victimization and offending, (278-334).   New York, NY:  New York University Press.

Law, V. (2009).  Resistance behind bars:  The struggles of incarcerated women. Oakland, CA:  PM Press.

Leeder, E. (Ed.). (2006).  Inside and out:  Women, prison, and therapy.  [Special issue].  Women & Therapy, 29(3/4).

Marcus-Mendoza, S. T. (2004).  Feminist therapy behind bars.  Women’s Studies   Quarterly, 32 (3/4), 49-60.

Marcus-Mendoza, S. T., Klein-Saffran, J., & Lutze, F. (1998).  A feminist examination of boot camp prison programs for women.  Women & Therapy, 21 (1), 173-185.

Marcus-Mendoza, S. T., Sargent, E., & Chong Ho, Y. (1994).  Changing perceptions of the etiology of crime:  The relationship between abuse and female criminality.  Journal of the Oklahoma Criminal Justice Research Consortium, 1, 13-23.

Marcus-Mendoza, S., & Wright, E. (2004).  Decontextualizing female criminality:  Treating abused women in prison in the United States.  Feminism & Psychology, 14(2), 250-255.

Morash, M. (2009).  A great debate over using the Level of ServiceInventory-Revised (LSI-R) with women offenders.  Criminology & Public Policy, 8(1), 173-181

Morash, M., & Schram, P. 2002. The prison experience:  Special issues of  women in prison.  Long Grove, IL:  Waveland Press, Inc.

O’Brien, P.  (2001) Making it in the free world:  Women in transition from prison. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

Owen, B. (1998). “In the mix”: Struggle and survival in a women’s prison. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

Pitman, L. (2010). Oklahoma Department of Corrections Female Offender Operations Fiscal Year 2009 Annual Report.

Pollock, J.  (1998).  Counseling women in prison. Thousand Oaks, CA:  Sage Press, Inc.

Quina, K., & Brown, L. S. (Eds). (2007). Trauma and dissociation in convicted offenders: Issues of gender, science, and treatment. New York: The Haworth Press.

Richie, B. E. (1996).  Compelled to crime:  The gender entrapment of battered black women.   New York, New York:  Routledge.

Salisbury, E. J., Van Voorhis, P., and Spiropoulos, G. V. (2009).  The predictive validity  of a gender-responsive needs assessment:  An exploratory study.  Crime & Delinquency, 55 (4), 550-585.

Schram, P., & Koons-Witt, B. (2004).  Gendered (in)justice:  Theory and practice in feminist criminology. Long Grove, IL:  Waveland Press.

Sharp, S. F., (Ed). (2003). The incarcerated woman:  Rehabilitative programming in women’s prisons.  Upper Saddle River, NJ:  Prentice Hall.

Sharp, S. F. (2005).  Oklahoma Study of Incarcerated Mothers and Their Children: Phase III.  Oklahoma City, OK: Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth.

Sharp, S. F. (2006). It’s Not Just Men Anymore: The Criminal Justice System and Women in the 21st Century. The Criminologist, 31 (2).

Sharp, S. F. (2008) The Real Cost of Incarcerating Mothers :Study of Incarcerated Women and Their Children. Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth.

Sharp, S. F.  (2008) Breaking the Cycle of Violence: Study of Incarcerated Women and Their Children. Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth.

Sharp, S. F., & Marcus-Mendoza, S. T.  (2001). It’s a family affair: Incarcerated women and their families.  Women & Criminal Justice, 12(4), 21-49.

Sharp, S.  F. & Pain, P. (2010). Oklahoma Study of Incarcerated Women and Their Children, 2009. Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth.

Sheehan, R. McIvor, G., & Trotter, C. (Eds.). (2007). What works with women offenders. Devon, England:  Willan Publishing.

Sobel, W. J., West, H. C. & Cooper, M.  (2009). Prisoners in 2008.  Washington, D.C.: Bureau of Justice Statistics.  Retrieved 1/29/10 from

Sommers, E. K. (1995).  Voices from within:  Women who have broken the law. Toronto, Canada:  University of Toronto Press.

Talvi. S. J. A. (2007). Women behind bars:  The crisis of women in the U. S. prison system. Emeryville, CA:  Seal Press.

Trounstine, J. (2001).  Shakespeare behind bars:  The power of drama in a women’s  prison.  New York, NY:  St. Martin’s Press.

U. S. Department of Justice.  (1999). Substance abuse treatment: State and Federal prisoners, 1997.  Washington, D.C: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Van Voorhis, P., Salisbury, E., Wright, E. & Bauman, A. (2007).  The NIC gender responsive assessment project:  Results at 2 years.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Atlanta.

Williams, L. M. (Ed.). (2004). Women, crime, and the criminal justice system. [Special issue].  Women’s Studies Quarterly, 32 (3&4).

Wright, E. M., Salisbury, E. J., & Van Voorhis, P. (2007).  Predicting the prison misconducts of women offenders:  The importance of gender-responsive needs.              Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, 23 (4), 310-340.

Young, V., & Reviere, R. (2006).  Women behind bars:  Gender and race in U.S. prisons.  Boulder, CO:  Lynne Rienner Publishers

Zaplin, R. (2008).  Female offenders:  Critical perspectives and effective interventions. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.

Zlotnick, C. (2002). Treatment of incarcerated women with substance abuse and posttraumatic stress disorder, final report.  Rockville, MD: National Criminal Justice Referencing Service (NCJRS).

Link to the research on Oklahoma inmates published in the Journal of the Oklahoma Criminal Justice Research Consortium: