Freeing Tammy: Women, Drugs, and Incarceration

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Freeing Tammy: Women, Drugs, and Incarceration

Freeing Tammy Women Drugs and Incarceration Tammara Tammy Johnson is an African American woman in her fifties an ex addict with a year heroin habit and a felony record who works as the job development trainer for an in patient drug treatme

  • Title: Freeing Tammy: Women, Drugs, and Incarceration
  • Author: Jody Raphael
  • ISBN: 9781555536732
  • Page: 202
  • Format: Paperback
  • Tammara Tammy Johnson is an African American woman in her fifties, an ex addict with a 19 year heroin habit and a felony record, who works as the job development trainer for an in patient drug treatment program in south suburban Chicago Raised in a middle class family, Tammy left home early because she could not live up to parental expectations She turned to drugs andTammara Tammy Johnson is an African American woman in her fifties, an ex addict with a 19 year heroin habit and a felony record, who works as the job development trainer for an in patient drug treatment program in south suburban Chicago Raised in a middle class family, Tammy left home early because she could not live up to parental expectations She turned to drugs and crime and was eventually incarcerated for selling drugs.This book, the third in a trilogy about Chicago women by noted author Jody Raphael, is the story of Tammy s metamorphosis Raphael s narrative, based on extensive interviews with Tammy and family members, shows the detrimental effects of incarceration on an already abused woman and illuminates Tammy s efforts to release herself from the literal and figurative prisons of abuse, addiction, crime, fear, and hopelessness.Raphael uses the transit of Tammy s life from childhood trauma to adult rehabilitation to investigate the linkages between childhood sexual assault and domestic violence with women s drug addiction and then with crime She uses Tammy s own words to demonstrate how childhood sexual assault and violence can make women poor and how dysfunctional coping strategies keep them poor Tammy s story is a reminder that violence against women and girls economically impoverishes them by trapping them in addictions leading to crime and other self destructive activities.

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    One thought on “Freeing Tammy: Women, Drugs, and Incarceration

    1. Andrea on said:

      This is the third book in a series written by Jody Raphael. Each book is a biographical case study of an individual woman, using her life investigate broader sociological issues. Freeing Tammy explores the common relationship between women, abuse, drug use and incarceration. Raphael style is highly readable, combining Tammy's (as well as other family members) interviews with academic research, philosophical reasoning, and statistics. This book does a great job of challenging the reader to recons [...]

    2. Cynthia on said:

      This is an academic retelling by a research fellow of a woman's life in sexual assault, heroin addiction and incarceration. It is true and harrowing. The humiliation done to prisoners in both Cook County Jail in Chicago and state prison is horrendous to conceive. This is the third in a trilogy of stories about Chicago women's lives. Tammy also tells her own story in her own words which is,in general, the more compelling aspect of the book. While it is nice to learn the statistics regarding women [...]

    3. Jaime Rispoli-Roberts on said:

      This is Tammy's story.How could a young girl raised in a two parent middle class household "end up wasting her gifts for almost thirty chaotic years?" (116). By using strategies to cope with violence and abuse that ultimately proved self destructive. Eventually, Tammy takes a road of recovery that includes approbation; She seeks approval from herself and society.This is an inspiring (albeit depressing) story of how she overcomes mixed societal reactions that simultaneously tell her to "Shape up, [...]

    4. Kathryn on said:

      Excellent book revealing the inadequate prison system and its adverse effects on inmates in creating, not rehabilitating, "criminals."

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