Women, Incarcerated: Investigative Series Shows Systemic Abuses of Women in Prisons and Jails

Keeley Schenwar learned she was pregnant the same day she was arrested. That spring of 2013, she didn’t pee on a stick and study the results in the bathroom; there was no moment of elation. Instead, a nurse at the Cook County Jail in Chicago led Schenwar to a separate part of the facility, away from the other women.Read More

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Reproductive Health Care in Women’s Prisons “Painful” and “Traumatic”

It was Kim Dadou’s second day at New York’s Bedford Hills Correctional Facility. As part of the prison’s intake process, she was brought to the prison’s medical unit for a gynecological exam and pap smear. “We were brought down three or five at a time,” she told Truthout. It’s like an assembly line.Read More

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“Women’s own perceptions of their bodies are often dismissed.”

The Investigative Fund, a project of The Nation Institute, published a write-up about the CA’s recent Women in Prison Project event (WIPP), “Unshackled: Women Speak Out on Mass Incarceration and Reproductive Justice." Read More

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Have you been pregnant while in prison?

The Women in Prison Project has been monitoring the implementation of the 2009 Anti-Shackling Law and needs your help. Read More



New law bans shackling of incarcerated women in labor

The law moves New York one step closer to making sure that women in prison are treated with dignity and compassion.Read More