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.
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