In this timely book, renowned criminologist and activist Renny Golden sheds light on the women behind bars and the 350,000 children they leave behind. In exposing the fastest growing prison population-a direct result of Reagan's War on Drugs-Golden sets up new framework for thinking about how to address the situation of mothers in prison, the risks and needs of their children and the implications of current judicial policies.
Renny Golden is Professor of Criminal Justice, Sociology, and Social Work at Northeastern Illinois University. She is a criminologist, published poet, and well-known activist for social rights in El Salvador and Guatamala. Her previous publications include, Disposable Children: America's Child Welfare System and Oscar Romero: Reflections on His Life and Writings .