A Place to Call My Own, Women and the Search for Housing After Incarceration
A Place to Call My Own, Women and the Search for Housing After Incarceration shines a spotlight on the experiences of twenty-one women and their search for a place to live in New York after being prison or jail.
For a woman in transition from incarceration, securing housing is much more complex that just finding shelter. The lack of safe and affordable housing options, the stigma and discrimination against people with criminal records, and the systemic barriers for people with criminal records to meaningful employment and education, keep women chronically homeless, ill-housed, and vulnerable to exploitative situations that hinder their ability to maintain a successful reintegration back to their communities. Authored by the Coalition for Women Prisoners, this book highlights the policy areas in need of improved responses, and contains resource information for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women who are currently navigating housing issues.
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