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Review ?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 Read more 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) Read more See all Editorial Reviews