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Digital Subscriptions > Quill & Quire > June 2018 > Doing time

Doing time

I thought my parole after seven years of a life sentence made me lucky; now I see it as white privilege at work,


AFTER MY ARREST in 1983 as one of the urban guerrillas branded by the media as the Squamish Five, I had the chance to personally witness the changes in the prison regime that occurred from the time of my first incarceration – when there was only one federal prison for women in Canada – through 2012, by which time the system had been transformed into a prison industrial complex. These first-hand experiences gave rise to my latest book, Taking the Rap: Women Doing Time for Society’s Crimes.

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