Mandatory Injustice: Case Histories of Women Convicted under New York’s Rockefeller Drug Laws
To contribute to a fuller understanding of the impact of the Rockefeller Drug Laws, the Correctional Association initiated the Women in Prison Case Histories Project. This effort has involved the preparation of accounts of women offenders serving prison terms under the Rockefeller Drug Laws. By telling the stories of these women, we seek to put a human face on the prison population and to educate political leaders and the public about the circumstances and policies that send certain people to prison.
On February 12, 2015, the Women in Prison Project at the Correctional Association of New York (CA), the state’s oldest criminal justice reform organization, released a major report entitled, “Reproductive Injustice: The State of Reproductive Health Care for Women in New York State Prisons,” the most extensive study of reproductive health care in a state prison system to date, and one of the most in-depth studies of conditions for women in prison in the country.Read More
Alyssa Mayer was four months pregnant the day a police officer showed up at her motel room in Kingston, New York. It was late afternoon in August 2013, the sun dragging toward the Catskills on the west side of town. Earlier that week, her boyfriend, who’d been sleeping at her place since he found out [...]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