CA in the Press | August 10, 2017

State rule requires feminine hygiene products for female detainees

Police lockups will be required to have tampons, sanitary napkins on hand ALBANY — Police lockups will be required to have feminine-hygiene products on hand for female detainees under a new state rule adopted Wednesday. The rule from the state Commission of Correction mandates that tampons and sanitary napkins shall be made available to all female detainees at a facility’s expense.Read More

CA in the Press | August 3, 2017

Fishkill Prison Guards Will Not Face Charges in ’15 Death of an Inmate

Federal and local prosecutors said on Wednesday that there was insufficient evidence to bring criminal charges in the 2015 death of a prisoner at the Fishkill Correctional Facility who died after an altercation with a group of guards there. An autopsy classified the death of the inmate, Samuel Harrell, 30, as a homicide, and the prison had long been identified by inmate advocates as a place where officers routinely abused inmates.Read More

News | June 28, 2017

Video Release: The ASFA Expanded Discretion Law and the Rights of Incarcerated Parents

ASFA photo

The Coalition for Women Prisoners (CWP) and the Women in Prison Project (WIPP) work in partnership to facilitate and support the implementation of the Adoption and Safe Families Act Expanded Discretion law (ASFA), which provides an opportunity for parents who were incarcerated or in residential treatment to regain custody of their children from foster care beyond the normal 15-month time frame. In partnership with Echoes of Incarceration, we are releasing a series of videos created to educate the various stakeholders about the law.Read More

News | June 27, 2017

State Comptroller Responds to Aging in Prison. Now, Let’s Hear from the Attorney General.

Cover of Comptroller Report -- RAPP

When a crisis plagues our society, we want elected officials to act. So the skyrocketing population of older people in New York prisons should provoke response from New York’s public servants. Recently, it did just that when NY State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli issued a searing report, “New York’s Aging Prison Population.”Read More

News | June 19, 2017

The Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act Challenges Double Punishment

A recent report by the Prisoner Reentry Institute of John Jay College (PRI), “Women InJustice: Gender and the Pathway to Jail in New York City,” is the latest study point out that that physical and sexual trauma and abuse histories are a significant root cause for women and girls’ involvement in the criminal legal system. Read More

CA in the Press | June 10, 2017

“I Have to Hold My Family Together”: The Hidden Costs of Prison Visits

This story is the seventh piece in the Truthout series, Severed Ties: The Human Toll of Prisons. This series dives deeply into the impact of incarceration on families, loved ones and communities, demonstrating how the United States' incarceration of more than 2 million people also harms many millions more -- including 2.7 million children.Read More

CA in the Press | May 29, 2017

AUDIO: Voices Unbroken

Listen Here: A poet famous for writing about the civil rights movement and for epitomizing black arts movement feminism, Sonia Sanchez passed through Attica’s gates 8 years after its legendary 1971 uprising. Though she’d never been incarcerated herself, for several years, she’d been married to widely praised prison poet Etheridge Knight.Read More

| May 24, 2017

Bresha Meadows Enters a Plea Deal, Will Spend Two More Months in Detention

Bresha Meadows, a 15-year-old Ohio girl charged with aggravated murder for killing her allegedly abusive father, entered a plea deal on Monday after nearly 10 months in juvenile detention. In return for a plea of “true,” the juvenile version of “guilty,” Meadows got her charges knocked down to involuntary manslaughter and what could have been a multi-year jail sentence reduced to a year and a day in jail, six months in residential treatment, and two years of probation.Read More

CA in the Press | May 5, 2017

Fixing Solitary Confinement In New York State Prisons

Victor Pate spent almost two years in solitary confinement in New York prisons, off and on. Once, he said, he was isolated for 90 days for having too many bed sheets in his room. Only two sheets were allowed per prisoner, but Pate was at his prison job when laundry pickup came, he said, so he kept a few extra sheets to ensure he would have clean ones.Read More

CA in the Press | April 20, 2017

In Jail, Pads and Tampons as Bargaining Chips

When Tara Oldfield-Parker, 24, was arrested on charges of shoplifting, she had just gotten her period. She asked the officers in charge of her holding cell in a police station in Queens for a sanitary pad. Sure, they said. But they would need to call an ambulance to get one. After about an hour and a half, they produced a sterile gauze pad, apparently obtained from an ambulance.Read More

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