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CA to Release Report on Reproductive Injustice for Women in Prison

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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Created in 1991, the CA’s Women in Prison Project (WIPP) works to reduce the use of incarceration for women, ensure that prison conditions for women are as humane and just as possible, and create a criminal justice system that treats women and all people with fairness, dignity and justice.

WIPP’s work is guided by the principle that individuals directly affected by prison policies should be active participants and leaders in reform efforts. To this end, WIPP runs ReConnect, a leadership training program for formerly incarcerated women recently home from prison or jail, and offers a wide range of opportunities for program graduates and other formerly incarcerated women to become involved in the Project’s activities.

WIPP also coordinates the Coalition for Women Prisoners, a statewide alliance of formerly incarcerated women and other advocates working to make the criminal justice system more responsive to the rights and needs of women and their families. In partnership with the Coalition, WIPP carries out a strategic program to advocate for key policy and legislative reforms. WIPP’s main policy campaigns center on advancing reproductive justice for incarcerated women and transforming the criminal justice system’s response to domestic violence survivors who act to protect themselves.

Utilizing the CA’s unique legislative mandate to monitor prisons, WIPP conducts visits to and reports on conditions in New York State correctional facilities that house women. In addition to reporting on prison conditions, WIPP produces in-depth policy reports and a broad range of other advocacy materials, including fact sheets, briefing papers, and videos to support its policy agenda. WIPP also engages in community organizing, conducts public education and works with the media to raise awareness about critical issues facing incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women.

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