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

A Message to Trafficking Victims that Their Lives Matter
by Rachel Lloyd

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Sara Kruzan was 16 years old when she was charged with killing her 31-year-old pimp, a man who had been grooming her since she was 11 years old and trafficking her since she was 13. Now 32, Sara has grown up in prison. Her clemency petition has been submitted to Gov. Schwartzenegger. Rachel Lloyd talks about Sara’s case and the importance of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. Sign the petition to support Sara’s release.


The Sex Trade and Feminism: An Interview with Ann Russo
by Ann Russo

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Professor Ann Russo, director of Women and Gender Studies at DePaul University, provides an overview of the debates waging in the feminist and women’s movements over the vocabulary and perspective used to address prostitution. She discusses how her own experience as a survivor of sexual violence has contributed to her research and activism on the issue of violence against women. In this interview, Professor Russo unpacks many of the complex theoretical conversations about the sex trade and also suggests policy changes and grassroots efforts that could lead to the de-stigmatization of women involved in the sex trade.


“Our Bodies Are Not a Sacrifice”: Prostitution, Criminalization and Incarceration of Women
by Kari Lyderson

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This article examines prostitution in Chicago through recent studies, criminal justice statistics, and the stories of two women who left prostitution. The impact of gentrification, race, class, and gender on policing is examined through a discussion of the geography of prostitution arrests in Chicago.


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