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category: History
published: Mar 2019
publisher: UBC Press

Four Unruly Women

Stories of Incarceration and Resistance from Canada’s Most Notorious Prison

by Ted McCoy

tagged: women, social history, women's studies, criminology

Bridget Donnelly. Charlotte Reveille. Kate Slattery. Emily Boyle. Until now, these were nothing but names marked down in the admittance registers and punishment reports of Kingston Penitentiary, Canada’s most notorious prison. In this shocking and heartbreaking book, Ted McCoy tells these women’s stories of incarceration and resistance in poignant detail. The four women served sentences at different times over a century, but the inhumanity they suffered was consistent. Locked away in dark basement wards, they experienced starvation and corporal punishment, sexual abuse and neglect – profoundly disturbing evidence of the hidden costs of isolation, punishment, and mass incarceration.

About the Author

Ted McCoy

Contributor Notes

Ted McCoy is the author of Hard Time: Reforming the Penitentiary in Nineteenth-Century Canada. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Calgary, where he teaches law and society.

Editorial Review

This book honours Bridget Donnelly, Charlotte Reveille, Kate Slattery and Emily Boyle by bringing their disturbing stories to light.

— Herizons

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