Ironies of Imprisonment examines in-depth an array of problems confronting correctional programs and policies from the author’s singular and consistent critical viewpoint. The book challenges the prevailing logic of mass incarceration and traces the ironies of imprisonment to their root causes, manifesting in social, political, economic, and racial inequality. Unique and accessible, this book promises to stimulate spirited discussion and debate over the use of prisons.
Martha Weatherspoon grew up farming in Alabama before moving north where she cleaned houses in the New York City suburbs, then picked fruits and vegetables on farms on the outskirts of Syracuse. While picking apples in the early 1980s, she slipped off a ladder and cracked her ribs, an injury that left her disabled and destitute. Even though two of her four daughters were consumed by a life of drug addiction, Weatherspoon began selling drugs to survive financially. She purchased furniture, clothes, and lots of food; then she got out of the drug business. But when her funds ran dry, Weatherspoon reluctantly returned to her wayward ways. At the age of 60 she sold eight ounces of cocaine to an undercover narcotics ...