Born in Prison: The Intergenerational Legacy of Maternal Incarceration

Thursday, October 19, 2017
Noon - 1:20 pm

University of Chicago
School of Social Service Administration Library
969 E. 60th St., Chicago, Illinois

Registration is required. Lunch will be provided for registrants.

Deborah Jiang-Stein, author of the memoir Prison Baby and founder of the unPrison Project, will be joined by Beth Richie, PhD for a conversation about the mass incarceration of women, mental illness and substance abuse within prisons nationwide, the collateral damage when mothers are incarcerated, her experiences of maternal incarceration and transracial adoption, and community alternatives to incarceration. This conversation will raise questions about the criminal justice in the United States, and how incarceration affects individuals, families, and communities throughout the nation.

Beth Richie is a Professor of African American Studies and Criminology, Law, and Justice at UIC. She is the author of Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence and America's Prison Nation (NYU Press, 2012) which examines gender violence, race and criminal justice policy.

This event is sponsored by:
The School of Social Service Administration
Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at UChicago
SSA's Chicago Center for Youth Violence Prevention

Note: Persons with disabilities or anyone requiring special accommodations, please contact Carmella Snook at 773.702.9700.

 

About Deborah Jiang-Stein
Deborah Jiang-SteinBorn in prison to a mother addicted to heroin, Deborah Jiang-Stein spent the first year of her life incarcerated, then bounced between foster families until she was adopted. After overcoming the harsh realities of her past – including recovery from her own addictions – Deborah set out to empower and inspire incarcerated women with hope and the tools to succeed after prison. Deborah leads the unPrison Project, providing incarcerated women with literacy, recovery, self-awareness, and mentoring programs to prepare for a successful life after release.

She is also author of the memoir Prison Baby, described as, "A deeply personal and inspiring book about one woman's struggles—beginning with her birth in prison—to find self-acceptance, proving that healing is possible even from the darkest corners."

About unPrison Project
The unPrison Project works to build literacy, mentoring and life skills capacity for women and girls in prisons, and for their children, to help cultivate critical thinking as tools to plan, set goals and prepare for a successful life after prison. At the same time, the organization works to increase public awareness on mass incarceration. For more than ten years, the unPrison Project has worked to encourage education and capacity building for the over 200,000 women in U.S. prisons.

 

About Beth Richie, PhD
Beth RichieBeth Richie is a Professor of African American Studies and Criminology, Law, and Justice at UIC. She is the author of Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence and America's Prison Nation (NYU Press, 2012) which examines gender violence, race and criminal justice policy.