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Coalition for Women Prisoners

CA in the Press | June 25, 2016

On the Count (WBAI): Pass the Domestic Violence Survivors’ Justice Act (DVSJA)

Listen to LadyKatherine Williams-Julien  discuss the DVSJA with host State Senator Bill Perkins on this broadcast of “On the Count” on WBAI-FM radio.Read More

CA in the Press | June 23, 2016

Providing Free Pads And Tampons To Incarcerated Women Is About More Than Hygiene

For incarcerated women in the U.S., the experience of a monthly period can be stressful and demeaning. While jails often supply menstrual products, such as pads and tampons, they are typically poor quality and doled out in limited numbers. If a woman needs more than what’s been allocated for her, she might be able to buy products from the commissary — if she can afford it.Read More

| June 23, 2016

What It’s Like To Get Your Period In Prison

Everyone’s favorite dramedy Orange is the New Black is at its best a show that never fails to pick apart the unfair absurdities of women’s lives. And there is no better example of this than the season 4 plotline about periods. Litchfield’s overcrowding issues reach a critical point: The women’s prison is running out of tampons and maxi pads.Read More

CA in the Press | June 23, 2016

What NYC lost when it lost a prison

Russelle Miller-Hill was convicted on a drug charge and sent to Albion Correctional Facility in 1991. Born and raised in the Bronx, the prison near Niagara Falls was far from home, and she says she got no visitors. Towards the end of her term, she went down to New York City to spend about 18 months at Bayview Correctional Facility, she says.Read More

CA in the Press | June 23, 2016

‘OITNB’ Exposed The Frustrating Realties Of Getting Your Period In Prison

On Season 4 of Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black,” Litchfield has a tampon and maxi pad shortage — and it’s as miserable as it sounds. The fifth episode of the hit series opens with a long line of inmates at Litchfield prison facility waiting in line for menstrual products, only to be turned away because the prison is completely out of maxi pads.Read More

CA in the Press | June 23, 2016

What It’s Like to Have Your Period in a Women’s Prison

Periods can turn a women’s prison into a hormone-charged hell when inmates don’t have access to affordable menstrual products and facilities don’t enforce humane policies. The topic recently gained more attention after the launch of the fourth season of Netflix‘s Orange Is The New Black, which featured an episode centered around the facility’s shortage of pads and tampons.Read More

CA in the Press | June 23, 2016

Getting Your Period in Prison Is More Miserable Than You’d Ever Imagine

If you’re an Orange is the New Black fan, no doubt you’ve already binge-watched the entire new season that hit Netflix last Friday. Since you’ve already torn through it, you might have also noticed that episode five, when the prison announces menstrual pads are “inessential” for inmates and forces them to buy their own, seems quite similar to the “tampon tax” that recently hit the news.Read More

CA in the Press | June 23, 2016

New York Will Now Provide Free Tampons In Public Schools, Correctional Facilites And In Homeless Shelters

New York has once again made history. This time they’ve done it by passing a law that promises access to menstrual products in public schools, homeless shelters and correctional facilities. They already beat the UK to passing an marriage equality act in 2011 when we slogged behind, passing one in 2013.Read More

CA in the Press | June 21, 2016

New York Makes History, with Tampons and Pads

New York City will make history today with passage of the nation’s first legislative package to ensure access to menstrual products in public schools, shelters and corrections facilities. In doing so, New York has stepped out as a leader in a growing national and global movement for menstrual equity. The city’s new laws acknowledge that the ability to manage menstruation falls squarely at the intersection of sound health, economic and educational policy.Read More

CA in the Press | May 25, 2016

Should Domestic Violence Victims Go To Prison For Killing Their Abusers?

photo credit: Melissa Jeltsen NEW YORK — LadyKathryn Williams-Julien’s first childhood memory is of her father punching her mother in the face. She was 6. Her mother fell to the ground, where Williams-Julien was already cowering. They were eye-to-eye, mother and child, both trembling with fear. “Her whole face was covered with blood,” she said quietly, sitting at the kitchen table in her apartment in the Bronx.Read More