Julissa Muniz Humanities and Social Science
Exploring Power Systems Among California's Female Inmates
Today California has the largest womens prison population of the nation, with a population size of 6,409. Between 1972 to 2010, the number of women in correctional facilities nationwide increased by approximately 646%, the fastest growing prison group of the nation. In spite of these alarming numbers, little is known about the prison subculture that exists within California’s women correctional facilities. My research seeks to expand the male dominated discourse of incarceration by exploring how racial systems of social control operate within California’s correctional facilities through in-depth ethnographic research. The primary objective of my research is to survey a diverse pool of formerly incarcerated women from various racial and socioeconomic backgrounds, in order, to illustrate a more inclusive narrative of race relations within women’s prisons.