AP Lang Final Project: Women In Prison

I followed one strict topic of the treatment of women in prison throughout the entire project. My sources followed a very structured chronological pattern and most of them led directly to another, with the entire project following a problem solution pattern. The most important change in my thinking throughout this project was the realization that there is hope for reform and improvement as well as hope for slowing the rate of recidivism. Prior to the project I did not even have that thought in my mind that there is a possibility for positive change. Also, I had the insight that many prisons focus more on controlling as opposed to rehabilitation and improvement of those individuals incarcerated and the eventual improvement of the community and society as a whole.

From Privilege to Prison

This book was my first source, which covers the personal changes the author goes through and the situations and injustices faced during her time in prison.

The Stanford Prison Experiment

I also made a connection with this story about the pregnant women and the abuse in general to the Stanford Prison Experiment(SPE) in 1971.

The Use of Tasers

An article from CBS discusses the claim of the UN that tasers are a form of torture, and discusses some of the deaths that have taken place.

Dan Palcholke

I decided reform in the prison system should be the next step in my project which led me to Dan Palcholke.

Sustainability In Prisons Project

After watching Palcholke's TED Talk, I found the Sustainability in Prisons Project.

Resistance Behind Bars

This book highlights the issues facing women in prison as well as challenges the patriarchal ideology that women are passive and docile and that women do not organize in order to challenge readers to reconsider how they view women fighting for change.

Connections to Alaska

After reading Resistance Behind Bars I questioned how the situations in the book related to the situations taking place in Alaska.

Result of The Project

My thinking and outlook on the problem in prison has changed a lot throughout this project.

Interview With Prison Guard

Near the end of my project I had the chance to ask interview a prison guard working at Highland Mountain Correctional Center.

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