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CCJFG Learn & Take Action: April

Publication date: 
April, 2020

Women in Prison: Seeking Justice Behind Bars

This report studies the civil rights of women in the United States prison system. The Constitution and federal statutes require that men and women in prison receive equal treatment. A 2011 report from the Commission’s New Hampshire Advisory Committee found that New Hampshire failed to meet the needs of incarcerated women in New Hampshire, which caused harm.1 Other investigations have demonstrated that women in U.S. prisons can face particular challenges in a prison system not designed for them. The population of women in prison has increased dramatically since the 1980s, and this growth has outpaced that of men in prison, yet there have been few national-level studies of the civil rights issues women experience. Read the Report >

Survived and Punished: California Freedom Campaigns 

Take action to urge California Governor Gavin Newsom to decriminalize survival and commute the sentences of all survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Learn More >

COVID_19 Decarcerate Syllabus

The syllabus is a free and accessible recommended readings curated by California Coalition for Women Prisoners on issues of COVID-19, medical neglect, abuse, and violence. Read More >

By Critical Resistance Abolitionist Steps to Combat COVID-19 Behind Bars

As enclosed and locked facilities, prisons, jails, and detention centers are uniquely positioned as places ripe for the rapid spread of diseases. As the Health Affairs journal notes, “Prisons push people into the path of pandemics.” They are by nature unsafe and unhealthy institutions; with meager access to healthcare at best, and routine negligence and violence as the norm, imprisoned people will likely be among the hardest hit by COVID-19. Read More > 

Justice Collaborative Letter to Governor Newsom Regarding COVID-19

Read the letter to Governor Newsom calling that he protect the lives of people impacted by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, including people in custody, and the family members and communities of staff and those who are incarcerated in response to COVID-19. Read the Letter >