A Woman Doing Life : Notes From A Prison For Women Essay

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Within the book , A Woman Doing Life: Notes from a Prison for Women, Erin George portrays her time at the Fluvanna Correctional Center , in which she serves her 603 year sentence. Before she entered the judicial system, she was an ordinary middle class, suburban mother. All of this changed when she was charged with the murder of her husband. In her book, George talks little of her trial , aside from the fact that she “found out the case was entirely circumstantial: there was no forensic evidence linking [her] to the shooting of [my] husband, no witnesses, and of course no confession”(George, Page 6). She then reminisces of her time being detained at Rappahannock Regional Jail. This, along with several other ordeals, led her to believe that “every aspect of jail was alien and frightening, designed to humiliate”( George, Page 6). George was given a $100,000 bond, uncommon for a first-degree murder charge, primarily because she was “a respected member of the community with no criminal history charged under circumstantial evidence” (George, Page 7). However, this victory was short lived. A month before her trail the judge rescinded her bond. We cannot be sure, but this may be due to the fact that “so many women had told the police I had confessed to them before I initially bonded out” (Page 7). This type of behavior is not uncommon within the jail system and the multitude of people who practice it are referred to as “snitches”. The nature of snitching in jail is not always…

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