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Part 2 of Women in Solitary Confinement: Sent to Solitary for Reporting Sexual Assault

Part 2 of my piece on women in solitary confinement is now up on Solitary Watch:

It seems absurd that a person who has been sexually assaulted would be punished for speaking up, especially since prison policy prohibits sexual contact between staff and the people whom they guard.

New on Solitary Watch: Women in Solitary Confinement: “The Isolation Degenerates Us Into Madness”

A mass prisoner hunger strike rocked California’s prison system this past summer, drawing international attention to the extensive use of solitary confinement in the United States. Increasingly, solitary is finding its way into the mainstream media and onto activist agendas. Nearly all of the attention, however, has focused on solitary confinement in men’s prisons; much less is known about the conditions and experiences inside women’s prisons...

...Dolores Canales has a son who has spent thirteen years in Pelican Bay’s SHU.

73-year-old grandma thrown in solitary confinement for wanting decent medical care

My newest piece on Bitchmedia:

What happens when states contract with private, for-profit companies to both run their prisons and provide prison health care?

NYC Free Marissa Alexander Fundraising Party (Sun, Dec 15th, 4:30 to 8 pm)

Free Marissa Alexander Fundraising Party
featuring live music from Daro Behroozi & friends, plus DJ Madame Turk
with special guests (including me!) TBA

Sunday, December 15, 4:30 to 8 PM
at Billie's Black Restaurant and Lounge

CALL TODAY & tell Massachusetts NO NEW JAIL for women simply awaiting trial?

Massachusetts Rep. Kay Khan of MA has introduced Bill 1434 to build a jail in Middlesex Co.

Tenacious #30 now available!

Just in time for some cold weather reading!

Tenacious #30, the Winter 2013 issue, is here!

WESTERN MA: Mass Incarceration, Gender, and Reproductive Justice, Wed, Nov 20, 6 pm

Come hear activists and advocates who are working against gender and reproductive injustice in prisons share their experiences and strategies for making change.

Wednesday, November 20, 6-7:30 pm

West Lecture Hall, Franklin Patterson Hall

How Does Obamacare Impact Women of Color and People in Prison?

My latest post on Bitchmedia looks at the intersections of race, gender and incarceration when examining the impact of the Affordable Care Act:

When Mercedes Smith (above) first came home from prison, she was able to sign up for Medicaid. Then she got a part-time job, which pushed her over Medicaid's low-income guidelines. Unable to afford insurance even after getting a second part-time job, Mercedes has gone without health care for the past three years. When she needs urgent care, she goes to the emergency room.

Sara Kruzan to Be Paroled (Finally!)

LOS ANGELES -- LOS ANGELES (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown has decided to allow freedom to a woman who received a life sentence when she was a teenager for killing her former pimp.

Brown decided late Friday not to take action on a state parole board's decision to grant parole to Sara Kruzan, thereby allowing the decision to go into effect, his spokesman Evan Westrup said Saturday.

Kruzan was 17 when she was sentenced to die in prison for the 1994 shooting death of George Gilbert Howard in a Riverside motel room.

Curious about who's locked up in America? Helpful infographic

America has the largest correctional budget of the world.


Largest Spending States Total:
1.)California:$7,900,000,000
2.)New York:$3,600,000,000
3.)Texas:$3,300,000,000
4.)Pennsylvania:$2,100,000,000
5.)Florida:$2,080,000,000

Largest Spending per prisoner:
1.)New York:$60,076
2.)New Jersey:$54,865
3.)Connecticut:$50,262
4.)Vermont:$49,502
5.)Rhode Island:$49,133
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Total Spending: $39,000,000,000
That’s 2/3 of the entire public education budget

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