Too Much Time

Women in Prison


A groundbreaking documentary survey of the experience of women in prison.


Text by Jane Evelyn Atwood


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Too Much Time is a groundbreaking documentary survey of the experience of women in prison by the award-winning photojournalist Jane Evelyn Atwood. Since 1980, the numbers of women in US prisons have increased tenfold. Similar statistics apply to the nine other countries around the world whose prison system Atwood has succeeded in penetrating by taking photographs, interviewing women prisoners and their guards, and gathering testimony.

The momentous result is a raw and moving account in both words and pictures of society's attitude to women, crime and incarceration. The book raises provocative and important questions about the relative treatment of men and women in prison and about the links between women's crimes and male violence. Kathy Boudin, a teacher and writer imprisoned since 1981, explains that 'As women in prison, we tell stories to each other - sitting in our cells, walking in the prison yard, in parenting groups - but we urgently need our stories to be heard beyond the walls and the razor wire.'

This book takes the reader into the lives of women in prison as they reflect on personal responsibility and social realities, guilt and reparation, change, loss and survival. It is precisely in the power of prisoners' voices that the complex truth emerges.


 


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Born in New York in 1947 and now living in Paris, Jean Evelyn Atwood is one of the world's leading photojournalists. Her approach reflects a deep involvement with her subjects over long periods of time. She has received numerous honours, including the prestigious W Eugene Smith and Alfred Eisenstaedt awards. Her photographs have been exhibited in museums worldwide and published in magazines such as Life, Stern, Paris Match, The New York Times Magazine and Géo.


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