CA Women in Prison Project to Release Report on Reproductive Health Care in NYS Prisons
Reproductive health care in prison is often severely substandard, threatening women’s health and rights. The Correctional Association of New York’s upcoming report, “Reproductive Injustice: the State of Reproductive Health Care for Women in New York State’s Prisons,” takes readers behind prison walls to understand the challenges women face in accessing quality reproductive health care and the daily degradation incarcerated women experience, from shackling during pregnancy to the separation of mothers from their newborns to the denial of sufficient sanitary supplies.
The first report of its kind in the country, “Reproductive Injustice” is based on 20 prison visits, interviews with 950 incarcerated women, data from over 1,550 surveys, medical chart reviews, and analyses of prison and community health policies. The report features chapters on access to GYN care, prenatal care, shackling pregnant women, and solitary confinement, and offers concrete recommendations for reform.
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The United States has 5% of the world’s women, and 33% of its incarcerated women. Women’s imprisonment rose 700% nationally between 1980 and 2014, and women of color are disproportionately arrested and incarcerated. In response to this dramatic increase, the National Institute of Corrections and the National Resource Center on Justice-Involved Women worked to develop effective practices for women’s prisons through a Gender Informed Practice Assessment tool, known as GIPA.Read More
N.C. Prisons End Shackling of Women During Childbirth, A ‘Barbaric’ Practice 32 Other States Still Allow
“People’s human rights do not end when they enter the walls of a prison.” Ending a practice described by medical experts as “barbaric,” the director of North Carolina’s state prisons said Wednesday that women who give birth while they are incarcerated will no longer be restrained or shackled during labor. Women’s rights advocates applauded the [...]Read More
Under unique statutory authority granted to the CA in 1846, WIPP monitors conditions in women’s prisons in New York, a role played by no other group in the country. WIPP coordinates the Coalition for Women Prisoners, a statewide alliance of more than 1,800 people, and carries out advocacy campaigns to reform harmful criminal justice policies. [...]Read More
Watch the Correctional Association’s video about the barbaric – and illegal – shackling of incarcerated women during childbirth. In 2009 New York enacted a statute restricting the use of shackles on women during childbirth. The law bans outright the use of restraints on women throughout labor, delivery and recovery “after giving birth,” which is meant [...]Read More