Life on the Outside: The Prison Odyssey of Elaine Bartlett - Part 2, Chapter 7 Summary & Analysis

Jennifer Gonnerman
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Part 2, Chapter 7 Summary

Elaine arrives at Bedford Hills prison with five other women. They are transported via a gold paddy wagon. The inmates yell obscenities such as, "Look at the fresh meat!" as the women enter the prison. Elaine is told to strip and get into a shower. She refuses, then meets Miss Dixon. After Miss Dixon hears Elaine's story of a first offense getting twenty-years to life, she realized why Elaine is so angry.

In Rockefeller's day, Bedford Hills is a reformatory of sorts for women. It is made up of cottages with linens and tablecloths. However, the rising number of prisoners entering the system requires more prisons, so the reformatory is turned into a regular state prison. Elaine is considered a "long-termer" and serves her time with Jean Harris, the former prep school headmistress who murdered her lover, Judith Clark, involved in...

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