For Dear Life: Women's Decriminalization and Human Rights in Focus

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September 18, 2019 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery
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Carol Jacobsen (author, and professor, Stamps School of Art & Design, Women's Studies, American Culture, Human Rights) and Lynn D'Orio (attorney & legal director, MI Women's Justice & Clemency Project) are interviewed by Ruby Tapia (Women's Studies & English).

For Dear Life: Women's Decriminalization and Human Rights in Focus chronicles feminist and artist Carol Jacobsen’s deep commitment to the causes of justice and human rights, and focuses a critical lens on an American criminal-legal regime that imparts racist, gendered, and classist modes of punishment to women lawbreakers.

Jacobsen’s tireless work with and for women prisoners is charted in this rich assemblage of images and texts that reveal the collective strategies she and the prisoners have employed to receive justice. The book gives evidence that women’s lawbreaking is often an effort to survive gender-based violence. The faces, letters, and testimonies of dozens of incarcerated women with whom Jacobsen has worked present a visceral yet politicized chorus of voices against the criminal-legal systems that fail us all.  

Book sales provided by University of Michigan Press.

Sponsored by the Institute for Research on Women and Gender

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Heidi Bennett
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