The farm: life inside a women's prison by Andi Rierden

By Andi Rierden

Written by way of a journalist, this e-book depicts the day by day struggles and matters of inmates a the Connecticut Correctional establishment in Niantic (renamed the Janet S. York correctional Institution), the state's merely legal for girls. construct in 1917 as a piece farm for prostitutes, unwed moms, and different ladies of allegedly immoral personality, "the Farm," because it remains to be referred to as, has lengthy served as a barometer of winning social attitudes towards women.

In the summer season of 1992, Andi Rierden got permission from the warden at Niantic to behavior examine on lifestyles contained in the establishment. through the subsequent 3 and a part years, she spent greater than fifteen hundred hours one of the girls, recording interviews, walking the grounds with inmates and corrections officials, sharing nutrition, attending sessions and crew counseling periods, and monitoring former inmates after their free up.

The tales those girls inform shed mild ton a variety of concerns, from the results of extra stringent drug legislation and sentences to the increase of violence between inmates. within the method it turns into transparent that the precise of rehabilitation has been principally deserted and changed by way of a trust in punishment and retribution.

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The farm: life inside a women's prison

Written through a journalist, this booklet depicts the day by day struggles and issues of inmates a the Connecticut Correctional establishment in Niantic (renamed the Janet S. York correctional Institution), the state's merely felony for ladies. construct in 1917 as a piece farm for prostitutes, unwed moms, and different girls of allegedly immoral personality, "the Farm," because it continues to be referred to as, has lengthy served as a barometer of winning social attitudes towards girls.

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In the same breath, I realized from the very beginning of my research that ultimately, the material I would gather over time would shape my narrative and point of view. There were certainly many books within the confines of the Farm. I wrote just one. Page 1 INTRODUCTION "A PRISON WITH A VIEW" "With its private lake and wooded seclusion, the 895 acres of the Connecticut State Farm and Prison for Women at Niantic is one of the world's most unusual jails. There are no walls, no armed guards. . " This Week Magazine, June 26, 1966 Lieutenant Elizabeth Gilchrist is known around the Farm as an old blue shirt.

Her breathing grows heavier. The tingling sensation in her hands, arms, and legs feels like a cavalry of ants is scurrying beneath her skin. She's spent a total of twelve years inside this prison, and the more she thinks about the possibilities of dying here, the more her sensations intensify. True, she's made good, honest friends hereshe calls them her daughters and sistersbut this will never be home. Home is maybe New Haven or New London or Granite Quarry, North Carolina, but never Niantic, the place most of the inmates and staff refer to as the Farm, because of its early origins as a prison-run farm.

In the same breath, I realized from the very beginning of my research that ultimately, the material I would gather over time would shape my narrative and point of view. There were certainly many books within the confines of the Farm. I wrote just one. Page 1 INTRODUCTION "A PRISON WITH A VIEW" "With its private lake and wooded seclusion, the 895 acres of the Connecticut State Farm and Prison for Women at Niantic is one of the world's most unusual jails. There are no walls, no armed guards. . " This Week Magazine, June 26, 1966 Lieutenant Elizabeth Gilchrist is known around the Farm as an old blue shirt.

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