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For Dear Life Book Cover


For Dear Life, published by
The University of Michigan Press, 2019


“To grasp fully the horror of our nation’s prisons and the injustices of its justice system, and yet still be awed by the truly stunning extent to which the women who endure this horror refuse to be lessened and erased, one must read this book. Its essays and renderings of women’s lives on the inside both haunt and inspire.”


—Heather Ann Thompson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy



“Sheds a searing light on the misogyny of the criminal-legal system and the dark, abusive world of women’s jails and prisons. This passionate book illuminates not only a sobering close-up view inside but also a feminist path through the fence where human rights and justice may enter.”


—Nadine Strossen, New York Law School and former President of the ACLU









Carol Jacobsen, "For Dear Life: Women’s Decriminalization and Human Rights in Focus," (University of Michigan Press, 2019)


Carol Jacobsen, Lora Bex Lempert, “Institutional Disparities: Considerations of Gender in the Commutation Process for Incarcerated Women," Signs: Journal of Women, Culture & Society (2013)


Carol Jacobsen, Lynn D’Orio, "Defending Survivors: Case Studies of the Michigan Women’s Justice & Clemency Project," University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law and Public Policy (2015)


Carol Jacobsen, “Creative Politics and Women’s Criminalization,”

Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, V. 33, No. 2, Winter 2008.


Carol Jacobsen, Kammy Mizga, Lynn D’Orio,“Battered Women, Homicide Convictions and Sentencing: The Case for Clemency,” Hastings Women’s Law Journal, Vol. 18, No. 1, 2007.


Carol Jacobsen, “Clemency,” Chapter in Battleground: Criminal Justice, Gregg Barak, ed., Greenwood Press, 2007


Carol Jacobsen, “Clemency Project: A Hope for Justice,” Criminal Defense Attorneys Newsletter, V. 14, No. 3, 2007


Carol Jacobsen, “When Justice is Battered,” Against the Current, September 2007.


Carol Jacobsen, “Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Sex Workers?” Exposure, 1995


Carol Jacobsen, “Anti-Porn Feminism vs. Feminist Art,” The New York Law Review, Fall 1994


Carol Jacobsen, “Fighting for Visibility,” Social Text, Winter, 1994