WPA is a service and advocacy organization committed to helping women with criminal justice histories realize new possibilities for themselves and their families. Their program services make it possible for women to obtain work, housing, and health care; to rebuild their families; and to participate fully in civic life. Through the Institute on Women & Criminal Justice, WPA pursues a rigorous policy, advocacy, and research agenda to bring new perspectives to public debates on women and criminal justice.
The Coalition for Women Prisoners, coordinated by the Women in Prison Project, is a statewide alliance of individuals and organizations dedicated to making the criminal justice system more responsive to the needs and rights of women and their families.
Author: Marie Garcia with Nancy Ritter
Report examines the challenges of female reentry
Written by Geneva Brown and published by the American Constitution Society Issue Brief, Brown discusses mass incarceration of African-American men and the consequences the Prison Industrial Complex have had on African American women and families. (2010)
SAMHSA News Release
Date: March 26, 2012
Excerpt: A new report shows that women aged 18 to 49 on probation or parole are nearly twice as likely to experience mental illness as other women.
Published by the Center for American Progress, this document presents the difficulties women during and after incarceration.
Publication: The Brooklyn Ink
Author: Khadjah Carter
Excerpt: Like many other women with felony records, the past haunts Mercedes. She has been denied numerous times for subsidized and low-income housing because she’s a convicted felon, and since she’s on parole, landlords are usually unwilling to lease an apartment to her. “We spend a lot of time proving yourself,” she said. “There is a stigma.”
This article addresses the gender-specific needs of women that are not fully addressed under the current criminal justice system. Roni Minter, founder of Sistas Healing Old Wounds, says “It’s a disservice when you have services modeled for male parolees…it’s like putting a skirt on a men’s program.” Her organization works to advocate for female inmates and parolees. For more information about SHOW, visit their Facebook page.
Sponsor: Senator Montgomery
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To prohibit the use of mechanical restraints including handcuffs and shackles, on any pregnant female prisoner who is about to give birth during transport from a correctional facility to a medical facility or other accommodation for the purpose of delivering her child. Permits the use of handcuffs under extraordinary circumstances where restraints are determined to be necessary to prevent such woman from injuring herself, or medical, or corrections personnel.