“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.
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
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. Most [...]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