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Huffington Post | 05.25.2016

Should Domestic Violence Victims Go To Prison For Killing Their Abusers?

photo credit: Melissa Jeltsen NEW YORK — LadyKathryn Williams-Julien’s first childhood memory is of her father punching her mother in the face. She was 6. Her mother fell to the ground, where Williams-Julien was already cowering. They were eye-to-eye, mother and child, both trembling with fear. “Her whole face was covered with blood,” she said quietly, sitting at the kitchen table in her apartment in the Bronx.Read More

Refinery 29 | 05.13.2016

The Mothers Who Lost Their Children To Prisons

“I just want to start from, I guess, what happened at the end,” Alicia Barraza said softly into the microphone. “On October 30 of 2014, we lost our 21-year-old son when he took his own life at Fishkill Correctional Facility.”Standing at thepodium of a press conference at the state capital in Albany, NY, just two days after Mother’s Day, Barraza said that she believed New York’s practice of charging teenagers as adults helped lead to her son’s death.Read More

WNYT News Ch. 13 Albany, NY | 05.11.2016

VIDEO:Moms rally to ‘Raise the Age’ of adult prosecution

ALBANY – New York and North Carolina are the only two states where 16 year olds can be tried as adults. A group of moms want to change that. The moms rallied at the state Capitol on Tuesday as part of the “Raise the Age” campaign. They say studies show teens prosecuted as kids are more likely to stay out of trouble as adults, while those prosecuted as adults are more likely to commit new crimes.Read More

CBS News Ch. 6 Albany | 05.11.2016

VIDEO: Mothers asking lawmakers to “Raise the Age”

ALBANY–A group of mothers from across the Empire State met in Albany Tuesday, calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other lawmakers to raise the age at which children can be tried as an adult. They argue it’s a matter of protecting children. “We protect them in so many other ways, with respect to when we allow them to drive, when we allow them to swim by themselves in a public swimming pool, when we allow them to smoke cigarettes, when we allow them to vote, when we allow them to be drafted or go fight in a war, but the one place we don’t protect them is when it comes to the criminal justice system,” said Soffiyah Elijah.Read More

NY City Lens | 05.09.2016

How a Marriage Survives Prison

Four times a year Michelle Archer, 39, travels two hours from her suburban home in Long Island, New York to the mountainous countryside of Ossining for a 48-hour visit with her husband, Jermaine, an inmate at the Sing Sing Correctional Facility. This year marks the couple’s 18th year apart. On March 12, 1998, Jermaine Archer was arrested and charged for a murder he allegedly committed the summer before on a deserted street in his drug-riddled Queens neighborhood.Read More

Democracy Now! | 04.26.2016

[Video] Family of Samuel Harrell, Killed by “Beat Up Squad” in NY Prison, Holds Hunger Strike for Justice

We speak with family members who have just concluded a five-day hunger strike marking the first anniversary of the death of Samuel Harrell, who died after as many as 20 corrections officers kicked, punched and threw him down a flight of stairs while he was incarcerated at the Fishkill Correctional Facility in Beacon, New York.Read More

The New York Times | 04.25.2016

Letter to the Editor: Rogue Prison Guards

To the Editor: Re “New York State Taking On Union of Prison Guards” (front page, April 12): Since 1846, the Correctional Association has monitored and reported to lawmakers and the public on prison conditions, bearing witness to a pervasive and persistent culture of violence and abuse suffered by teenagers, women and men in New York State prisons.Read More

Al Jazeera America | 04.07.2016

[VIDEO] Giving Birth in Shackles

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The Blaze | 12.23.2015

New York Becomes First State to Enact ‘Common Sense’ Anti-Shackling Law for Pregnant Inmates

Pregnant inmates in New York prisons will no longer have to endure shackles. Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) signed a bill Tuesday prohibiting the practice of shackling (handcuffing, using ankle restraints and waist chains) on incarcerated women who are pregnant. Before the ban was instated, New York law already disallowed the use of shackles on female inmates during and immediately after labor, but the new rule will cover a woman during her entire pregnancy and an additional eight weeks after delivery.Read More

Yahoo News | 12.23.2015

New York’s Governor Just Put an End to One of the Worst Prison Practices in America

Pregnant women shouldn’t be in shackles. That’s now the law of the land in New York, where Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a law Tuesday that prohibits restraining incarcerated women during and eight weeks after transport while pregnant. Currently the state has a ban on shackling pregnant women immediately before and during the act of childbirth, but there are still plenty of scenarios like doctor’s appointments and facility transfers in which pregnant women are forced to endure handcuffs, waist chains, and ankle restraints, according to the Huffington Post.Read More