Date of Award

Fall 12-14-2011

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


African-American Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Cora Presley

Second Advisor

Dr. Jonathan Gayles

Third Advisor

Dr. Akinyele Umoja


The growth in the number of black women in the prison system necessitates more research become rooted in an intersectional approach. This quantitative study will empirically apply intersectionality to address the unique circumstances of imprisoned black women by comparing and analyzing sentence convictions shared between black and white incarcerated women in Georgia. Drawing on 600 inmate profiles published by Georgia Department of Corrections, this study will address the statistical significance of race, class and gender on the length of sentence for incarcerated white and black women using regression models.