Prison bars

Let’s Stop States from Shackling Female Prisoners in Childbirth

Most of the women who are being subjected to this degrading and dangerous practice have already undergone enough trauma. We need the help of Congress and the Department of Justice to stop this “birthing barbarism” in the 28 states that still allow shackling at some or all points from the second trimester through postpartum recovery.

Incarcerated Moms

Risks Are High for Teen Daughters with Jailed Moms

Women with children are being incarcerated at a rising rate, with ominous implications for girls in particular. “Children typically model their behaviors based on the parent that is the same sex, so missing that female figure is critical,” says one advocate. Story reported with Annie Geng.


New Drug Law Tests Infants, Sends Moms to Jail

A Tennessee law designed to punish women who use drugs while pregnant can only hurt, not help, babies being born with withdrawal. We need more drug treatment programs, not laws like this that will deter women from seeking help.

Justice for Jane and allies at 2014 New York City Pride Parade.

Connecticut Trans Teen Ignites Prison Reform Push

First she was placed in an adult women’s prison, now she’s in a boy’s facility. Supporters decry officials’ indifference to her age and gender identity and are demanding a new law and a new prison commissioner.