“Strength of a Woman” Documentary Premieres
Strength of a Woman is a unique and powerful advocacy tool advocates can use to educate policymakers and the public about the impact the criminal justice system can have on women’s lives.
The 20-minute documentary recounts the experiences, resilience, and strength of three formerly incarcerated domestic violence survivors.
On February 5, with 180 people in attendance, the Correctional Association debuted Strength of a Woman and honored the filmmaker and the three women who shared their experiences in the film. The event was hosted by Columbia Law School and co-sponsored by the National Association of Women Judges and two Columbia student groups: the Criminal Justice Action Network and Amnesty International.
The New York Times in this editorial today is saying what we at the CA have been reporting on for decades: without any any transparency and accountability, the abuse of people who are incarcerated will persist and those who are responsible will still act with impunity. Until accountability is the norm and not the exception, the abuse -- and in some cases, loss of life -- will continue.Read More
Here’s a riddle: Would you rather pay $10 dollars, one time, or $11, repeatedly, for the rest of your life? If you chose the first option, you acted logically. If you chose the second option, you acted the way the United States government acts when it imprisons female drug addicts. As a country, we’ve chosen [...]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