Dorothy E. Roberts on how prison and foster care systems harm black mothers

In the new volume of the book “Reassembling Motherhood: Procreation and Care in a Globalized World,” PSC researcher Dorothy E. Roberts explores the uphill battle black mothers can face when navigating the complex matrix of state systems. Her chapter, “Marginalized Mothers and Intersecting Systems of Surveillance: Prisons and Foster Care,” links child-welfare interventions to racial stereotyping and systemic obstacles like mass incarceration and insufficient access to social services. Roberts speaks more about her chapter in Penn Today and Penn Law News.