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:
2.)New York:$3,600,000,000

Largest Spending per prisoner:
1.)New York:$60,076
2.)New Jersey:$54,865
5.)Rhode Island:$49,133

Total Spending: $39,000,000,000
That’s 2/3 of the entire public education budget

from a CA women's prison: A strategy meant to break me fuels my passion for human rights

Amy Preasmyer's powerful article was just published in the SF Bayview. California Coalition for Women Prisoners has visited Amy for several years and supported her when she wanted to write about her recent terrible experience with Administrative Segregation at CCWF.

I am an inmate at Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF) in Chowchilla, California. In April 2013, I and another individual were falsely accused of sexual assault and placed in Administrative Segregation (Ad-Seg) immediately.

We Need to Stop Shackling Pregnant Women in Prison—Now.

Last week, Washington DC councilmember David Grosso introduced a bill that would keep jails from shackling women during any point of their pregnancy and for six weeks after they've given birth.

“I have introduced this legislation because it is an important human rights issue that must be addressed in D.C.," said Grosso.

Washington DC has one of only a handful of American jail and prison systems that prohibits shackling during childbirth, but only after incarcerated women filed a class action lawsuit.

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