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.
( Sept. 9. 2018,The Guardian) Inmates within America’s overflowing prisons are marking the end of a 19-day national prison strike on Sunday with a new push to regain the vote for up to 6 million Americans who have been stripped of their democratic rights.Read More
Staten Islanders had the opportunity Thursday night to briefly experience one of the hardest parts of our nation’s penal system. A group of advocates brought a makeshift solitary cell to the South Shore YMCA in Eltingville to show people the level of isolation inmates can face. The model was constructed by Doug Van Zandt, of [...]Read More
“Prison Within Prison: Voices of Women Held In Isolated Confinement in New York” is a collection of oral and visual observations from twenty women about their experiences being held in isolated confinement in New York’s women’s prisons and Rikers Island. They are advocates and leaders on a range of issues in the movement to end [...]Read More
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