Rosa Lee Case Study

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Case Study – Rosa Lee Cunningham
Michael J. Rogers
Liberty University

Case Study – Rosa Lee Cunningham
Name: Rosa Lee Cunningham
Age: Born October 7, 1936 – age 54 at time of interview
Dates of Interviews: Various through 1990
Evaluator: Michael Rogers
REASON FOR ASSESSMENT:
Rosa Lee is a 54-year old African American female. She is married but has not lived with her husband in over 40 years and has no regular contact with him. She has eight adult children, three of which intermittently live with her. Her primary sources of income are derived from mostly illegal activities such as dealing drugs, shoplifting, and the sale of stolen goods. She also receives money from government benefits of various sources but these monies are
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In her lifetime, she has been incarcerated 12 times, serving a total of five years, receiving her first prison term in 1966 for theft. She began selling drugs and prostitution in the 1970’s. She has had numerous incarcerations for a variety of charges ranging from sale of drugs, possession of drugs, prostitution, shoplifting, theft, and others. She is currently involved in legal proceedings related to a theft charge as well as two of her children are also facing unrelated charges. As a result, her life has been a persistent labyrinth of poverty, drug abuse, hospitalizations, and periodic incarcerations that are the result of her criminal behavior, both petty and violent. Her family, with the exception of two of her sons, has also been multigenerationally involved in the penal system, not only her children but her grandchildren as well. Many of her children, and grandchildren, have learned their criminal behavior directly from Rosa Lee’s tutelage. Additionally, Rosa Lee has had a number of health issues ranging from simple to complex. She has issues related to liver disease associated from her many years of substance abuse as well as Hepatitis and HIV from her years as a prostitute and or her IV drug use. She is often hospitalized for short durations due to the complications of these illnesses, and the illness are often exacerbated further from both her unhealthy/drug-seeking lifestyle as well as her

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