Journal of Interdisciplinary Feminist Thought


Criminology | Criminology and Criminal Justice | Gender and Sexuality | Social Work


This article will explore the growth in the incarceration of women over the past three decades. Recent scholarship has examined the impact of the war on crime on men, the poor and persons of color and characterized this movement as the New Jim Crow. This strain of research has focused on men. In this article, I will explore the impact of the war on crime on women, their families and their children. I will also explore the so-called gender neutral sentencing reforms and demonstrate the impact of these protocols on women. Finally, I will map the array of social control mechanisms and suggest ways forward to a system that creates greater justice for many of those swept into the war on crime. The author will rely on qualitative research with incarcerated mothers to understand the impact of systems of control on limiting their chances to re-enter mainstream society as workers, mothers, and citizens.