Madam Warden: A Memoir of the First Woman in Michigan to Head a Prison for Men - Pamela K. Withrow
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Madam Warden is the insightful memoir of an idealistic innovator who became a prison warden. It carries the reader through Pam Withrow’s first-woman roles at Camp Brighton and Jackson Prison and toward her appointment as the first woman to head a male prison in Michigan—the Michigan Dunes Correctional Facility.
The book tells of memorable staff and prisoners, shares stories about colleagues and mentors, and recaps incidents at prisons where Withrow worked during her twenty-five-year career. It covers the joys and challenges of prison administration and offers lessons learned. Finally, it follows her efforts to implement and research cognitive programs for prisoners at the Michigan Reformatory, including a chapter about a prisoner who used his cognitive skills to turn a life sentence into a term of years and earn parole.
Awards followed, including Withrow’s being named Warden of the Year by the North American Association of Wardens and Superintendents, induction into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame, and honorary doctorates from Grand Valley State University and Ferris State University. The story is told from a feminist perspective.
- Publisher : Mission Point Press (December 8, 2022)
- ISBN : 978-1-958363-38-6 (Hardcover)
- ISBN : 978-1-958363-39-3 (Softcover)
- Retail price : $18.95 (Hardcover), $14.95 (Softcover)
- Pages : 90
- Size : 6 x 9 inches