From Witches to Crack Moms

Women, Drug Law, and Policy

Second Edition

by Susan C. Boyd

Tags: Drug Policy, Health Law, Women and the Law, Women/Gender

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412 pp  $50.00

ISBN 978-1-61163-626-0
eISBN 978-1-5310-0325-8

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The second edition of From Witches to Crack Moms reflects shifts in drug policy and law, new research and statistics on women who use illegal drugs, and the impact of drug prohibition on them. Susan Boyd examines how the regulation of altered states of consciousness and women's bodies is not new. Like the witches of old, women suspected of using illegal drugs today are persecuted and punished. From Witches to Crack Moms offers a critique of drug law and policy and its impact on women in the United States and illuminates similarities and differences in Britain and Canada. Globally, the war on drugs impacts women disproportionally. Thus, in this book, the impact of drug prohibition on women and indigenous peoples in Colombia is also discussed in order to reveal the connections between the regulation of drug use in Western states and non-Western states. Informed by a feminist sociological perspective, Boyd discusses how drug law and policy is racialized, class-biased, and gendered. She highlights how punitive drug laws inform and shape criminal justice, social service and medical policy and practice. Boyd also provides insight into how the war on drugs, the regulation of reproduction, and women's human rights intersect, culminating in a volatile mix.

"From Witches to Crack Moms: Women, Drug Law, and Policy offers a critical and painstaking examination of the historical and current policies that have contributed to the discrimination, subordination, and racialization of women in the criminal justice system. [...] The book is appropriate for policy, drug, gender studies, and women and crime graduate courses. The author includes a great deal of detail, offers a comparative perspective, and focuses on policy—an area often ignored in criminological literature." — Mary Dodge, Criminal Justice Review

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