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Topics: Women, Prison, Sexism

Thursday, 8 October 2009

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The leader of the National Organization for Women Terry O'Neill said in a press interview that her organization supports the incarceration of women in prisons because women that commit crimes are a danger to free women in society.

When asked about the horrible conditions of women's prisons where four to six women are forced to be caged together in the same cells and rampant abuse occurs between inmates because of the closed privacy they share together, Terry O'Neill replied in a cold face, "No pain no gain!"

She told the Associated Press that women who are imprisoned are violent criminals that need to be rehabilitated under current prison conditions so they get a wake up call that it's not a good idea to repeat the same offenses again.

Terry O'Neill said, "What do you want society to do for these women? Give them a paid vacation to Hawaii with handsome male models?"

She says that feminist since the early days have reformed women's prison. In 1869 Sarah Smith and Rhoda Coffin, two Indiana Quakers, led a campaign to separate men and women in that state's prison, and in 1874 the first completely separate women's prison was constructed.

Sarah Smith the leader of the campaign was concerned that her virgin son who was imprisoned in a woman's prison was being led astray by immoral female inmates.

Jane Everlyn Atwood an activist for women that are incarcerated disagreed with Terry O'Neill.

"The strategy used in women's prisons now is one of humiliation rather than rehabilitation," said Jane Evelyn Atwood in her 2007 Amnesty International video documentary, "Too Much Time."

For nine years, Atwood photographed and documented the conditions for women in 40 women's prisons worldwide including the US, Europe and Eastern Europe.

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