ABOUT THE PROJECT


The Women and Prison project is a website, installation + zine created entirely from the work + lives of America's incarcerated women. Women and Prison: A Site for Resistance is a project of Beyondmedia Education. Learn more about the project.

NEWS FROM THE WEB


Jun 06, 2015
Creating Community-Based Alternatives to Incarceration: A Win-Win for Parents and Children

Formerly incarcerated women push Massachusetts legislators to propose a bill to create community-­based sentencing alternatives for non-­violent primary caretakers of dependent children.

Jun 05, 2015
Why are we sending women with children to prison?

New Zealand's Child Poverty Action Group supports the latest report from the Families Commission "Improving outcomes for children with a parent in prison."

Jun 04, 2015
70 women graduate in Career Technical Education programs at Folsom prison

Women received certifications in computer-aided design, pre-apprentice construction labor, pre-apprentice carpentry and healthcare facilities maintenance that will help them gain employment after release from prison.

FROM THE STORE


Women and Prison Promotional Poster

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$20.00 | A beautiful full color hand screenprinted poster designed by Firebelly Design. More details

Writers’ Block: Stories from the Inside

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$10.00 | Writers' Block: Stories from the Inside, a 36-page zine, is a compilation of deeply personal narratives, visceral creative writing and provocative scholarly essay taken from Beyondmedia's Women and Prison website. Printed in full color. More details

Newest Stories

Dorothy Roberts Speaks at 25th Anniversary Celebration for CLAIM
by Dorothy Roberts

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Author, lecturer, speaker and lawyer Dorothy Roberts spoke at the 25th anniversary celebration for Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers (CLAIM). Her lecture can be seen in the following clip. Also speaking at the event was Michelle Alexander, whose talk can be found here.


Children on the Outside: Voicing the Pain and Human Costs of Parental Incarceration
by Judith Greene and Patricia Allard

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Children “on the outside” with a parent in prison suffer a special stigma. Too often they grow up and grieve under a cloud of low expectations and amidst a swirling set of assumptions that they will fail.


Giving Birth in Chains: The Shackling of Incarcerated Women During Labor and Delivery
by Anna Clark

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As birthing choices are increasingly prominent in the public conversation, pregnant women are more and more empowered to decide what sort of care is right for their bodies and their child.Not so for pregnant women who are incarcerated. Not only are their decisions about care restricted, but many incarcerated pregnant women are physically restricted while giving birth: during labor and delivery, they are shackled.


Featured Stories

You’ll Stick With Your Crappy School, and You’ll Like It
by Radley Balko

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Crazy case in Ohio, where a 40-year-old single mother lied about the residency of her children in order to get the  kids into a better public school. Kelley Williams-Bolar claimed her kids lived with their grandfather rather than with her in Akron. Instead of merely transferring the kids back to the bad school, local officials instead decided to charge Williams-Bolar with two felonies, claiming that by enrolling her kids in the better school, she defrauded taxpayers of more than $30,000.