This report has been updated with a new 2018 version. With growing public attention to the problem of mass incarceration, people want to know about women’s experience with incarceration. How many women are held in prisons, jails, and other correctional facilities in the United States? And why are they there? While these are important questions, [...]
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At 46 years old, Susan Burton didn’t have a lot going for her. It was 1997. She was fresh out of jail, and not for the first time. On her way out the prison guard said, “I’ll see you back in a little while.” It wasn’t unlikely. Years before, Burton’s 5-year-old son had been killed [...]
What becomes of the babies of incarcerated mothers? Research suggests that having nurseries in prisons leads to lower recidivism rates for moms and better outcomes for their kids. lyssa 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 [...]
By now, “Orange is the New Black” fans have had ample time to binge watch Season 3, which was released in early June. The season premiered with an episode about Mother’s Day at the prison, cluing viewers into some of the emotional difficulties incarcerated mothers and their families may face. The show was prompted by [...]
BALTIMORE — On Christmas Day in 2013, Donyelle Hall and her husband, Roland Jr., gave a party for friends and family at their apartment. Mrs. Hall, a nurse’s aide for the severely disabled, had recently taken a college course in medical terminology to improve her earning potential. Mr. Hall worked as a kitchen manager. The [...]
Diane Sawyer’s special on February 27th examined the fastest growing group of the largest prison population in the world–Women. The United States has almost 2.3 million inmates and 200,000 of the inmates are women. Sawyer visited four women’s prisons in the United States; the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women in Jessup, the Corrections Center for [...]
The Vera Institute of Justice and the Safety and Challenge Program have completed a joint study, which found that black and Hispanic women are the fastest growing population within the nation’s capricious correctional structure. The researchers of this study also found evidence to prove the following grim statistics: Black women make up 44 percent of [...]
Some days I feel like I’m on top of the world and other days I feel like the world is on top of me. When I stop and think about it, I realize it’s just a decision. I am just one decision away from choosing to be happy or choosing to be sad. I know [...]
A Note from Martha Lawley: This is the second part of my article about living in safe mode. In part one, we considered three practices of self-protection that keep us in safe mode: 1. Masquerading: Playing it safe by pretending everything is okay 2. Pleasing Others: Playing it safe by going along to get along 3. Uninvolved: Playing it [...]
This is something that is so messy I hesitate to write about it. To do so puts me in a vulnerable place. So much so, that I hear screams of “draw a boundary, Deb!” in my mind. But I am a making a choice to let my fingers keep flying over the keyboard. When I [...]