ACLU says Wisconsin women's prison mishandling prisoners' medicine

(Note: Taycheedah Women's Prison was built as a result of 1986 class-action suit over overcrowding & parity in the existing (male) prisons in Wisconsin.)

ACLU says Wis. prison mishandles inmates' medicine

By CARRIE ANTLFINGER | Associated Press Writer 7:08 PM CST, January 23, 2009

MILWAUKEE - The American Civil Liberties Union filed a motion in federal court Friday asking that Wisconsin's largest women's prison reform the way it administers medication.

Tenacious #16

Issue #16 of Tenacious: Art & Writings from Women in Prison is ready!

52 pages of women's experiences, writings and resources, this issue includes:

*Lisa Savage's detailed description of solitary confinement in a women's prison (and one woman's acts of resistance against succumbing to despair) 1

*challenges on trying to gain a college education in prison

*living with HIV and the stigma attached to being HIV-positive

*one woman's though

Pillow Fight! (excerpt of a letter from a lockdown unit in a Florida women's prison)

written over the course of Friday, November 14, 2008, and Sunday, Nov. 16th, 2008…

Yesterday, I was officially raised in custody to CMI (DC status). Yes, I’m sitting in my new iso-cube with all the “big guns.” No, what I mean is each of us is in our own cell & Death Row is upstairs…The room looks exactly like T-3109 except this cell has no mirror.

One of the female sergeants who moved me (Baker) said they’d have to go back and get my mattress and pillow.

URGENT! Leonard Peltier's Safety in Jeopardy!

URGENT! Leonard Peltier's Safety in Jeopardy!
Call Canaan Federal Prison

Racist sheriff Joe Arpaio to get Reality TV show on Fox

(Note: Joe Arpaio was the first to reintroduce the female chain gang in the mid-1990s)

Think Fox is bad now? It's about to get a lot worse.

This holiday, Fox is turning self-proclaimed "America's Toughest Sheriff" Joe Arpaio into its newest reality television star. "Smile, You're Under Arrest" will celebrate a grumpy old man with an appalling record of racial profiling and civil rights abuses.

Joe has already racked up 2,700 lawsuits.

event at Bluestockings Books, NYC, Tues 4/14, 7 pm

With Matt Meyer, editor of Let Freedom Ring: A Collection of Documents from the Movements to Free U.S. Political Prisoners, and Ashanti Alston, anarchist Panther, contributor to Let Freedom Ring and co-chair of the National Jericho Movement

More details to come…

Bluestockings Bookstore
172 Allen Street
Lower East Side
between Stanton and Rivington Streets

a NYC event: From Prison to Empowerment: Women Advocates Take on the Criminal Justice System

note: this is most likely NOT an abolitionist based discussion, but is still worth checking out to see how women's incarceration is being discussed in the public policy arena. From Prison to Empowerment: Women Advocates Take on the Criminal Justice System

The number of women under correctional supervision has skyrocketed over the past 30 years, yet women's voices and experiences are often marginalized in the discussion and formulations of criminal justice policies and policies.

Sexual assaults on female inmates went unheeded (part 2)

(thanks to Lois and The Real Cost of Prisons for bringing this to my attention)


For female inmates, much is at stake as rape trial begins


Second of five parts

The story so far

Sexual assaults on female inmates went unheeded (part 1)

WARNING: Some of these descriptions of sexual assaults can be triggering.

Detroit Free Press

Rally for Prisoner Releases Rescheduled for 12/19/08


Rally for Prisoner Releases RESCHEDULED

***Friday, December 19th 2008, 8:30 AM***

Where: 450 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco between Larkin and Polk at the Northern California District Court*

End Overcrowding and Release Eligible Prisoners Now!*

We had originally planned to have a rally outside of court on Tuesday December 16th, but found out today that court will only be in session this Thursday and Friday, the last two days of these historic hearings.

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