Links to Articles about Gender, Incarceration and Resistance

Reproductive Health Care in Women's Prisons 'Painful' and 'Traumatic', Truthout, March 27, 2015.

Women in Solitary Confinement, Truthout, January 18, 2015.

Why Don't Sentences for Accused Sex Offenders Teach Them to Treat Women Like People?, The Guardian, January 16, 2015.

Goodbye Solitary Confinement, Hello "Enhanced Supervision," Gothamist, January 14, 2015.

Domestic Violence Victims in New York Prisons May Get Some Relief, Al-Jazeera America, January 1, 2015.


It's Time to Bring Domestic Violence Survivors Like Barbara Sheehan Home from Prison, The Nation, December 24, 2014.

A Mother Who Just Wanted to Know When Her Son Would Eat, Waging NonViolence, October 29, 2014.

What do Private Prisons Have to Do with the Upcoming Elections?, Truthout, October 28, 2014.

Will Revenge Porn Laws Actually Stop Revenge Porn?, Bitchmedia, October 17, 2014.

Against Carceral Feminism, Jacobin, October 17, 2014.

Remembering Black Women Killed by Police, Bitchmedia, August 20, 2014.

Will Obama's Commutation Finally Allow Grandma Hardy and Thousands of Other Drug War Prisoners to Finally Go Home? Truthout, August 20, 2014.

"We Thought We'd Be Safe": Islan Nettles, the New Jersey Four, and the Illusion of Security for LGBTQ People of Color, Salon, August 18, 2014.

Bing Time: What It's Like to Be 16 & in Solitary at Rikers, Gothamist, August 5, 2014.

Most Americans Think We Should Help Children Crossing Our Border, Bitchmedia, August 5, 2014.

What Orange is the New Black Got Wrong About Compassionate Release, Waging NonViolence, August 1, 2014.

What Makes a Good Mother, According to the Government?, Bitchmedia, July 17, 2014.

Criminalizing Motherhood, Tennessee Students and Educators for Social Justice, June 25, 2014.

Do Black Lesbians Have the Right to Self-Defense? Truthout, June 11, 2014.

New Documentary Out in the Night Asks: Who Has the Right to Self-Defense? Bitchmedia, June 11, 2014.

California Turns to Private Prison to Address Overcrowding and Medical Care, Truthout, June 10, 2014.

Can Orange is the New Black Change the Way Congress Thinks About Prisons? Bitchmedia, June 5, 2014.

What’s Gender Got to Do with Policing and Prison? Waging NonViolence, June 5, 2014.

NYC Hands Out 35 Million Condoms a Year, Then Arrests (Certain) People for Having Them, Bitchmedia, May 22, 2014.

“Trapped in the Dark”: Marissa Alexander and How Our Twisted Legal System Re-Victimizes Domestic Violence Survivors, Salon, May 16, 2014.

On the Way to Solitary, Women in Massachusetts Jail Get Strip Searched and Videotaped, Solitary Watch, May 15, 2014.

New ACLU Report Examines Devastating Impact of Solitary Confinement on Women, Solitary Watch, April 24, 2014.

The Untold, Real-Life Story of the Prison in Orange is the New Black, Waging NonViolence, April 23, 2014.

What Does Rick Perry’s Refusal to Adopt the Prison Rape Elimination Act Mean for Texans Behind Bars?, Truthout, April 10, 2014.

Border Crossings Refocus Immigration Debate on Families, Waging NonViolence, March 28, 2014.

We Need to Face America's Dark History of Sterilizing People Behind Bars, Bitchmedia, March 27, 2014.

Massachusetts Senate Votes for Childbirth Without Chains, Truthout, March 21, 2014.

How Can We Combine Direct Support Work with Political Analysis? (a review of Harsha Walia's Undoing Border Imperialism, Monthly Review, March 2014.

Trying to "Rescue" Sex Workers by Arresting Them is a Bad Idea, Bitchmedia, March 13, 2014.

Waiting for Season 2 of Orange is the New Black? 5 Books to Read in the Meantime, Airship Daily, March 11, 2014.

Will Massachusetts Build a New Jail or Explore Alternatives to Bail?, Truthout, March 4, 2014.

Why Do People in Prison Go On Hunger Strike?, Bitchmedia, February 24, 2014.

Three Ways People Are Challenging the System Right Now, Bitchmedia, January 29, 2014.

Women in Solitary Confinement: Buried Inside the Federal Prison System, Solitary Watch, January 24, 2014.

"If the Risk is Low, Let Them Go": Efforts to Resolve the Growing Numbers of Aging Behind Bars", Truthout, January 19, 2014.

Here's Why You Should Know About the Case of CeCe McDonald, Bitchmedia, January 10, 2014.

Revisiting Reentry: New Books Explore the Challenges of Coming Home from Prison, NewClearVision, January 7, 2014.

How Dede Adnahom Didn't Get Deported, Truthout, January 5, 2014.


My Mom is Badder Than Yours: Women Prisoners Demand Better Conditions for Motherhood Behind Bars, Wagadu, vol 11, 2013. (Note: For a pdf version, see

Women in Solitary Confinement: Sent to Solitary for Reporting Sexual Assault, Solitary Watch, December 12, 2013.

Women in Solitary Confinement: “The Isolation Degenerates Us Into Madness”, Solitary Watch, December 11, 2013.

73-Year-Old Grandma Says She Was Put in Solitary Confinement for Wanting Decent Medical Care, Bitchmedia, December 6, 2013.

How Will Obamacare Impact Women of Color & People in Prison?, Bitchmedia, November 1, 2013.

Marissa Alexander Illustrates How Abuse Survivors Get Further Abused by the Legal System, Bitchmedia, October 21, 2013.

Freeing Marissa Alexander, Truthout, October 16, 2013.

We Need to Stop Shackling Pregnant Women in Prison—Now, Bitchmedia, October 4, 2013.

Coverage of California's 60-Day Prisoner Hunger Strikes (various publications)

What Awaits Chelsea Manning as She Begins Her Sentence as the Military's First Openly Trans Woman?, Truthout, August 30, 2013.

Everyone Should Be Horrified That California Prisons Sterilized Dozens of Female Inmates, Bitchmedia, July 22, 2013.

The 'Pathway to Citizenship' Bill May Become the 'Pathway to Deportation'", Bitchmedia, July 3, 2013.

SNAP judgment: Why No Food Stamps for Felons is a Bad Idea, Bitchmedia, June 21, 2013.

New Law Gives Parents Behind Bars in Washington State a Way to Hold Onto Their Children, Truthout, May 11, 2013.

Closing Cages: People Power Helps Stop Youth Incarceration, Truthout, March 11, 2013.

States Cut Prison Budgets, but Not Prison Populations, Truthout, February 14, 2013.


In US Since Age 10, But No Dream Act for Young Activist Who Helps Others, Truthout, December 26, 2012.

No Justice When Women Fight Back, Truthout, August 31, 2012.

Birthing Behind Bars: Fighting for Reproductive Justice for Women in Prison, co-written with Tina Reynolds of Women on the Rise Telling HerStory, Alternet, May 10, 2012.

Absent Compassionate Release, Austerity Helps Some Terminally Ill Prisoners Obtain Freedom, Truthout, March 12, 2012.

Occupy Prisons, New.Clear.Vision, February 14, 2012.

Breast Cancer Behind Bars: How a Prison Sentence Can Become a Death Sentence, Truthout, January 25, 2012.

Earlier articles

Anti-Transgender Violence: How Hate-Crime Laws Have Failed, Truthout, September 18, 2011.

Martori Farms: Abusive Conditions at a Key Wal-Mart Supplier, Truthout, June 24, 2011

Where Abolition Meets Action: Women Organizing Against Gender Violence. Originally appeared in Contemporary Justice Review. Reprinted on-line on New.Clear.Vision, March 2011.

Nor Meekly Serve Her Time: Riots and Resistance in Women's Prisons, New PoliticsVol:XII, issue 4, Winter 2010

Women Resist Behind Bars and also 6 Ways for People on the Outside to Support Women’s Resistance on the Inside (suggestions from women incarcerated throughout the country), WIN Magazine, Fall 2009

Incarcerated Women Create Their Own Media, off our backs, October 2007

Unlikely Communities: Women in Prison Break the Alienation of Isolation (partial article), Clamor # 29. November/December 2004.

Workin’ for the Man, Clamor #26. May/June 2004

Barriers to Basic Care, Clamor # 21. July/August 2003. Reprinted in Prison Art Newsletter, vol. 3, issue 12. December 2003

Earlier versions of “The Invisibility of Women Prisoners’ Resistance” have been published in:

Turning the Tide. Volume 16, Number 3. Fall 2003

Women in Action #3 (2003)

Women and Prison: A Site for Resistance

an Italian translation is also available on-line