WEEK 3: CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

 TODAY'S CHALLENGE:
WOMEN IN PRISON

Over the past 30 years, the trend of confining more women to federal, state and local correction facilities has exploded exponentially at an increase of 700%.

Today we will discuss how antiquated healthcare policies, harsh disciplinary consequences and unmet needs perpetuate a cycle of generational imprisonment, poverty and trauma for women and families. 


WE CHALLENGE YOU TO TAKE...

A recent study of 22 U.S. state prison systems and all U.S. federal prisons, found that roughly 3.8% of the women in their sample were pregnant when they entered prison. Read this article to see how prisons neglect pregnant women in their healthcare policies.
Listen to this investigation that finds that in prisons across the U.S., women are disciplined more often than men, and almost always for low-level, non-violent offenses. 
Read this article on the cycle of poverty, trauma and the unmet needs of women in jail and after release. It provides a framework to understand how the criminal justice system exploits the poor and vulnerable. 
CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM
WEEKLY ACTION ALERT

LEVEL 1 :  Visit  The Sentencing Project  to get involved and take action in criminal justice reform. 

LEVEL 2 :  Since 2014,  The Marshall Project  has been curating some of the best criminal justice reporting from around the web. In these records, you will find the most recent and the most authoritative articles on the topics, people and events that are shaping the criminal justice conversation. Explore this page full of videos, articles, etc., from various viewpoints on the prison system.

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