10 facts about women in jails
Women in prison
"CLAIM offers legal services on family law to incarcerated mothers, formerly incarcerated mothers and caregivers of children whose parents are incarcerated" whose cases are in Illinois. CLAIM visits women incarcerated in Illinois and runs classes in facilities.
60642 Chicago , IL
"Founded in 1844, the Correctional Association of New York (the CA) is an independent non-profit organization that advocates for a more humane and effective criminal justice system and a more just and equitable society." They are an advocacy organization pushing for policies that address the abuses of the criminal justice system.
The issues they focus on are:
10027 New York , NY
New York US
"Grassroots Leadership fights to end for-profit incarceration and reduce reliance on criminalization and detention through direct action, organizing, research, and public education." They do visitation, run programs, monitor facilities for human rights abuses, and hold benefits and vigils, in addition to other events and campaigns.
78702 Austin , TX
Interfaith Action for Human Rights is a mid-Atlantic coalition of faith communities that seeks to change the culture, policy or practices that cause torture or violate human dignity. IAHR members work on the issue of solitary confinement and conditions of confinement in Maryland, Virginia and DC.
"Mariposas Sin Fronteras is a Tucson, AZ based group that seeks to end the systemic violence and abuse of LGBTQ people held in prison and immigration detention." They do bond fundraising, direct visitation, and statewide advocacy work.
Their leadership "consists largely of LGBTQ immigrants, many of whom have been detained. We actively organize towards a society based on the principles of equality, justice, respect, and liberation for all."
85745 Tucson , AZ
From the website: "The two primary purposes of the Council are:
1) To ensure that no policies, laws, practices, organizing and services are made about women and girls who are or were incarcerated without including our voices, experiences and ideas for creating more effective outcomes. Our mantra is “Nothing about us, without us!” Through support, awareness and advocacy, the Council is committed to collectively building new and just policy grounded in social justice, human rights and dignity.
02130 Boston , MA
Power Inside works for safety, dignity and justice for women in Baltimore, MD. They do advocacy and education work, and one of their programs (of six total) is focused on women who are returning after incarceration.
From the website: "Jail and Prison Reentry and Aftercare: Women returning to the community from prison and jail face overwhelming barriers. Through our case management we work with women while in incarcerated to address their anticipated and realized needs and provide a continuum of care as they rebuild their lives after release."
21211 Baltimore , MD
Document on the experiences of incarcerated women who are pregnant or parenting.
Article in the July-August 2015 issue of The Atlantic. What becomes of the babies of incarcerated mothers? Research suggests that having nurseries in prisons leads to lower recidivism rates for moms and better outcomes for their kids.