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Tuesday, August 1, 2006

Women in prison


What's it like to live in the women's prison in Framingham? Christina Rathbone set out to find out.

In the process of writing her book, "A World Apart: Women, Prison, and Life Behind Bars," Rathbone spent five years interviewing incarcerated women at MCI Framingham, the oldest running prison for women in America.

What she found was disturbing. While two-thirds of men are in prison for crimes against people, like theft and assault, two-thirds of women are incarcerated for lesser crimes that cause injury to themselves, like drug abuse.

Rathbone also learned that most of the women at MCI Framingham were the primary caretakers of their children, and were unable to call them at all during their imprisonment, the Voice of America recently reported in a review of the book on its website.

-- Erica Tochin

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(Author Christina Rathbone, photo by Essdras Suarez/Globe Staff)

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