Sister Mary Nerney Discusses Strength of a Woman
At their July 2011 meeting, the New York Reentry Roundtable coordinated by the Community Service Society, screened Strength of a Woman to facilitate discussion about securing justice for domestic violence survivors in the criminal justice system. The presentation was conducted by the Coalition for Women Prisoners’ Violence Against Women Committee. Sister Mary Nerney, founder and former director of STEPS to End Family Violence and Greenhope: Services for Women, kicked off the discussion with an explanation about the significance of Strength of a Woman.
When Cassidy Green learned that she was pregnant, she and her husband didn’t discuss cribs, co-sleeping, or even diapers. Instead, they worried about more basic and immediate challenges, like whether Green would be able to spend more than a few days with her baby. Green was in prison, 9 years into a 15-year prison sentence [...]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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