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Cynthia Chandler and Carol Kingery

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Yell Real Loud: HIV-Positive Women Prisoners Challenge Constructions of Justice

This article documents the opinions and experiences of HIV-positive women prisoner activists to develop a progressive antiviolence strategy aimed at increasing the safety of women while simultaneously challenging the expansion of the prison-industrial complex. The rhetoric of “public safety,” “justice,” and “victims’ rights” is regularly used by the political Right to justify what the authors believe is excessive imprisonment and the widening net of the criminal justice system. As a result, the United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world and imprisons a disproportionate number of poor people of color. This disparate policy of imprisonment has resulted in the destruction of families and entire communities.

prison, women — prisoners; AIDS [disease]; violence — violence against women

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 27, No. 3 (2000): 150-157