Nearly 150 incarcerated women forced into sterilization procedures in California prisons
Doctors in California prisons forced nearly 150 incarcerated women to undergo sterilization procedures from 2006 to 2010. The Center for Investigative Reporting broke this horrific news in a story released on July 7, based largely on research gathered by the California advocacy group Justice Now.
One woman is quoted by the Center as saying that the doctor “made me feel like a bad mother if I didn’t do it.” Another woman who worked in a prison infirmary and overheard conversations about the sterilizations commented, “Do they think they’re animals, and they don’t want them to breed anymore?”
These sterilizations represent an unconscionable injustice and smack of the racist eugenics programs of the last century which targeted poor women and women of color. We spoke with professor, activist and writer Salamishah Tillet about this issue for a piece for The Nation. (Forced Sterilizations and the Future of the Women’s Movement)
Click here for the full article from the Center for Investigative Reporting.
Click here to find out about efforts underway in California to stop sterilization abuses from happening again.
The Correctional Association has not found forced sterilization to be a widespread problem in New York’s prisons. We will continue to keep an eye on this important issue in our work to monitor prison conditions.
As a follow up to the Correctional Association of New York's statement last month critical of reported plans by New York to severely limit the number of visits by family members to incarcerated loved ones in NY state prisons, in early March the CA wrote directly to Governor Andrew Cuomo to express its opposition to the plan.Read More
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 [...]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