The United States holds 30% of the world’s incarcerated women. We shackle them while giving birth. We often place them hundreds of miles away from their children – further inhibiting the healthy development of their children. And we force them to make draconian choices, like whether to use commissary funds to call home, or purchase sanitary pads.
We prey upon those who have been traumatized, and instead of releasing them back into society rehabilitated, we re-traumatize them.
This rapidly growing segment of our prison population is often left out of conversations around criminal justice reform, but deserves our attention.
We are excited to continue our collaboration with Grammy-Award Winning Artist Alicia Keys and her We Are Here Movement, alongside other creative advocates and our partners at the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls.