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All Our TrialsPrisons, Policing, and the Feminist Fight to End Violence$
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Emily L. Thuma

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042331

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042331.001.0001

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Diagnosing Institutional Violence

Diagnosing Institutional Violence

Forging Alliances against the “Prison/Psychiatric State”

(p.55) 2. Diagnosing Institutional Violence
All Our Trials

Emily L. Thuma

University of Illinois Press

Chapter 2 examines the resistance of women prisoners and their supporters’ opposition to the use of medicalized behavior-modification regimes in prisons during the 1970s. The Coalition to Stop Institutional Violence, a broad-based, feminist-led alliance in Massachusetts that included advocates for the rights of prisoners and mental patients, blocked the construction of a locked treatment center for dissident and gender-nonconforming women prisoners who were labeled “deviant” and “violent.” Activists criticized the “prison/psychiatric state” for perpetrating violence against women while advocating alternative approaches to safety, accountability, and healing.

Keywords:   Coalition to Stop Institutional Violence, psychiatric incarceration, medicalization, behavior modification, women’s prisons, dissident prisoners, gender nonconformity, criminalization of deviance

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