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Freeing Tammy
Women, Drugs, and Incarceration
Jody Raphael

Northeastern Series on Gender, Crime, and Law

2007 • 232 pp. 6 x 9"
Criminal Justice / Women's Studies / Sociology

$24.95 Paperback, 978-1-55553-673-2
$23.99 Ebook, 978-1-55553-835-4

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“Jody Raphael conveys a gripping story of one woman’s journey through abuse, drug addiction, and imprisonment. The third of Raphael’s trilogy of books about Chicago women enmeshed in lives of... [continued in Reviews below]”—Women’s Review of Books

The latest volume in the popular trilogy of books about women, poverty, and violence

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 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.

Other titles by Jody Raphael: Saving Bernice, Listening to Olivia.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“Jody Raphael conveys a gripping story of one woman’s journey through abuse, drug addiction, and imprisonment. The third of Raphael’s trilogy of books about Chicago women enmeshed in lives of poverty, violence, prostitution, and drug use, Freeing Tammy is an invaluable contribution to the field of women’s criminology.”—Women’s Review of Books

“[A] dynamic, stunning account . . . Raphael addresses the question of prison as punishment or rehabilitation. She leaves the reader with a piercing question of whether ex-felons should be viewed as ‘immoral convicts’ or whether they should be treated as persons who need new opportunities to succeed. Recommended for students of criminology, public policy makers, and teachers and counselors who work with ‘at-risk’ populations.”—Multicultural Review

“Part great journalism and part thorough research, Jody Raphael’s book is an inspirational story of resilience and redemption wrapped in a deeply disturbing indictment of America’s destructive response to women and their children trapped in the cycle of sexual violence, drugs, and imprisonment.”—Peter Edelman, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center and former Assistant Secretary U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

“In Freeing Tammy, Jody Raphael manages to tell a deeply engaging and moving story that simultaneously conveys important truths about the nature of imprisonment, the promise of redemption, and the strength and courage that it takes to overcome trauma and oppression. Like the life it describes, it is an extraordinary and inspiring achievement.”—Craig W. Haney, Professor of Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz

JODY RAPHAEL is Senior Research Fellow, Schiller, DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center, DePaul University College of Law. Freeing Tammy is the final volume of Raphael’s trilogy about women, poverty, and violence in contemporary Chicago that includes Saving Bernice: Battered Women, Welfare, and Poverty (NUP, 2000) and Listening to Olivia: Violence, Poverty, and Prostitution (NUP, 2004).

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