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."
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
Writers’ Block: Stories from the Inside
The last decade has seen a growing movement toward abolishing prisons. At the same time, antiviolence organizers have called on prison abolitionists to take the issue of gender violence seriously and to develop initiatives to address it in the context of prison abolition. Fueled by increasing recognition that women of color, immigrant, queer, transgender, poor, and other marginalized women are often further brutalized – rather than protected – by the police, grassroots groups, and activists throughout the world, are organizing community alternatives to calling 911. Such initiatives, however, are not new. Throughout history, women have acted and organized to ensure their own and their loved ones’ safety. This article, which originally appeared in the journal Contemporary Justice Review, examines both past and present models of women’s community self-defense practices against interpersonal violence.
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.
There’s no soap-dropping counterpart "joke" referring to the abuse of female inmates. Ultimately, these distorted punch-line/silence memes enforce each other and perpetuate the reality of prison rape.