59 UCLA L. Rev. 1474 (2011-2012)
Prison, Foster Care, and the Systemic Punishment of Black Mothers

handle is hein.journals/uclalr59 and id is 1495 raw text is: Prison, Foster Care, and the Systemic
Punishment of Black Mothers
Dorothy E. Roberts
ABSTRACT
TIhis Article analyzes how the U.S. prison and foster care systems work togeth
black mothers in the service of preserving race, gender, and class inequality in
age. The intersection of these systems is only one example of many forms of<
that overlap and converge in the lives of poor women of color. I examine t1
overlap between the prison and foster care populations, the simultaneous explo
systems in recent decades, the injuries that each system inflicts on black c<
and the way in which their intersection in the lives of black mothers helps t
social inequality. I hope to elucidate how state mechanisms of surveillance and
function jointly to penalize the most marginalized women in our society wl
them for their own disadvantaged positions.
AUTHOR
Dorothy E. Roberts is the George A. Weiss University Professor of Law & S(
the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil I
University of Pennsylvania.
I thank Keita de Souza, Marcia Lehr, and Rachel Lindner for excellent research a,
the Kirkland & Ellis Fund at Northwestern University School of Law for reseat

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