Event Details

Iowa Women's Corrections Book Event

April 15, 2021

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Campus: Virtual
Location: Virtual See Event Details
Join us on Thursday, April 15th from 12-1 PM for a discussion to explore the History of Women’s Incarceration in Iowa with author Erica Spiller, Assistant Director of Student Development, Dr. Samantha O'Hara, Professor and DMACC Criminal Justice Program Co-Chair, and Dr. Jennie Doke-Kerns, Director for Justice Impacted Communities and Academic Services at DMACC!


Iowa began building its first prison before achieving statehood, and women were sentenced to penitentiaries prior to the establishment of plans for their own housing. Beginning in the mid-nineteenth century, incarcerated women transitioned through a series of institutions and confinement environments, often as the result of persistent overcrowding, underfunding, discriminatory laws or practices or to make room for incarcerated men. Early in Iowa’s correctional history, women disproportionately served time for crimes considered to be against public decency, such as prostitution, lewdness and incorrigibility. Over time, their conditions and crimes evolved, but incarcerated women continually faced obstacles, such as access to treatment and programming, adequate facilities and opportunities for reentry and reform.



Sign-up to receive a free copy of the book has closed, however, DMACC Libraries does have the book available for DMACC students, faculty and staff to check-out. For questions about the book, please contact Emma Adams, Public Services Librarian, at eladams1@dmacc.edu.

All proceeds from copies of the book purchased by the library will be donated to the DMACC Women’s Corrections Education Fund.

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