Coalition for Women Prisoners

CA in the Press | April 13, 2016

She Was Acquitted Of Murdering Her Abusive Ex After Years In Prison. Now Comes The Hard Part.

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Cherelle Baldwin was technically free. It had been nine days since her release from York Correctional Institution, Connecticut’s only prison for women. She spent almost three years there, waiting to stand trial for the murder of her ex-boyfriend before being found innocent. But even though she was back outside, free to go anywhere she wanted, whenever she wanted, Baldwin said she felt trapped.Read More

CA in the Press | April 7, 2016

[VIDEO] Giving Birth in Shackles

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News | March 31, 2016

E.D. Soffiyah Elijah Discusses Cuba Incarceration Models in Guernica Interview

In 2015, CA Executive Director Soffiyah Elijah organized three trips to Cuba, providing travelers an opportunity to observe up close how Cuba's criminal justice system operates in comparison -- and contrast -- to the way that the United States' system prosecutes and incarcerates people. In a recent 2016 issue of Guernica magazine, writer Hyatt Bass, who was a part of one of the CA delegations to Cuba, interviewed Elijah about the distinctions between the two countries when it comes to the concept of punishment.Read More

News | January 14, 2016

Correctional Association Of New York Responds To 2016 State Of The State Address And Governor’s Criminal Justice Legislative Agenda

(January 14, 2016, New York, NY): Today, the Correctional Association of New York (CA), the oldest criminal justice reform organization in the state, issued the following statement in response to the State of the State Address delivered yesterday by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo: “We are encouraged that the Governor wants to continue to press for a comprehensive overhaul of the state’s youth justice system, including raising the age of criminal responsibility. Currently, New York is one of only two states that continue to prosecute 16- and17-year-olds as adults, exposing them to myriad harms and impeding their chances for a successful future."Read More

CA in the Press | December 24, 2015

Pregnant inmates at New York prisons will no longer be shackled under new law

Pregnant prisoners at state and county jails will no longer be put in restraints when transported under an anti-shackling bill signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Cuomo. The new law also outlaws the use of shackles within eight weeks after delivery, except in extraordinary circumstances. And it prohibits prison staff from being in the delivery room unless requested by medical staff or the inmate mother.Read More

CA in the Press | December 23, 2015

New York Becomes First State to Enact ‘Common Sense’ Anti-Shackling Law for Pregnant Inmates

Pregnant inmates in New York prisons will no longer have to endure shackles. Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) signed a bill Tuesday prohibiting the practice of shackling (handcuffing, using ankle restraints and waist chains) on incarcerated women who are pregnant. Before the ban was instated, New York law already disallowed the use of shackles on female inmates during and immediately after labor, but the new rule will cover a woman during her entire pregnancy and an additional eight weeks after delivery.Read More

CA in the Press | December 23, 2015

New York’s Governor Just Put an End to One of the Worst Prison Practices in America

Pregnant women shouldn’t be in shackles. That’s now the law of the land in New York, where Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a law Tuesday that prohibits restraining incarcerated women during and eight weeks after transport while pregnant. Currently the state has a ban on shackling pregnant women immediately before and during the act of childbirth, but there are still plenty of scenarios like doctor’s appointments and facility transfers in which pregnant women are forced to endure handcuffs, waist chains, and ankle restraints, according to the Huffington Post.Read More

News | December 22, 2015


December 22, 2015, New York): Today, the Correctional Association of New York (CA), a leading opponent of the practice of shackling pregnant women who are incarcerated, roundly applauded Governor Cuomo for signing the 2015 Anti-Shackling Bill. It is considered to be the most progressive such legislation in the nation. The new law fortifies an existing 2009 ban against shackling during labor and delivery, and, most significantly, extends the law to include all stages of pregnancy.Read More

CA in the Press | December 22, 2015

Anti-Restraint Bill for Pregnant Inmates Signed by Cuomo

NEW YORK —  Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Tuesday that prohibits the use of restraints during the transportation of pregnant women incarcerated at state and local correctional facilities. The bill, dubbed the 2015 Anti-Shackling Bill, strengthens legislation from 2009 that prohibited the use of restraints on pregnant inmates, but only during childbirth.Read More

CA in the Press | December 22, 2015

New York Governor Signs Bill Banning the Shackling of Pregnant Inmates

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law Tuesday that bans correctional facilities from shackling or handcuffing pregnant people. A ban on shackling incarcerated women in labor was passed in 2009; the new law will make it illegal to shackle women at any point while pregnant, in labor, in transport to the hospital, or in the first eight weeks postpartum.Read More