Discussion of the life and conditions in women's correctional facilities, through the reading of letters, interviews and poetry by women in prison. The letters offer a glimpse of the brutality women face in prison, and also how jails reinforce the racism and sexism found in larger society. The correspondence was authored by Jane Kennedy, who was a member of the Beaver 55 who protested against Dow Chemical; Lee Weinberg, one of the Tucson Five (four of whom were women), jailed for contempt for not testifying before a grand jury; Barbara Deming, a pacifist who served time for civil disobedience against the Vietnam War; a poem by a man about his loved one, who was serving time in a women's facility in New York City; excerpt from an interview with a white woman who spent six weeks in a house of detention; an interview between two women, one Black and one white, who were both heroin addicts, and who were brought to Niantic State Farm; a poem by Ericka Huggins; and an excerpt from a letter from Angela Davis to Huggins while both women were in prison. Readings by Barbara Berner, Ronnie Solomon, and Candy Brown. The theme song is sung by Ruthie Gordon.
This recording has been digitally preserved as part of Pacifica's American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982 grant preservation project, and is available for research and reference . Please contact the archives via telephone: 818-506-1077 or email: americanwomen at pacificaradioarchives dot org for information on how to obtain a copy of this program. Thank you.