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

Consider this… Quit Yelling at Statues!
by Deborah Nicholls

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Nicholls continues her poetry series, Consider this writing about the challenges of forgiving yourself. 


A Maypole in Prison
by Starhawk

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“When Pagans get their rights, everyone gets their rights,” say Patrick McCollum, who for the last fifteen years has volunteered to serve as a Pagan chaplain in the California prisons. McCollum, a talented jewelry designer and craftsman by nature, has in the last decade spent the bulk of his time—and money—helping prisoners and making interfaith alliances worldwide.


Will the Justice Department Stand Up for Women Raped in Prison?
by Rachel Roth

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Eight years ago, Congress acknowledged the brutal fact of systemic sexual assault behind bars by unanimously passing the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). The Justice Department is now poised to issue final rules to implement the law, which makes federal funding to prisons and jails contingent on improved staff training, availability of medical and psychological services for people who suffer sexual assault, investigations and publicly available data about reported assaults.


Featured Stories

Fighting the “Labia Lift”
by Krystal Voss

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Colorado prisoner Krystal Voss tells about the invasive strip search policy at the Denver Women’s Correctional Center. During routine strip searches, women are required to spread their labia to allow staff to search for contraband.