Category Archives: Women in prisons

Why I Wrote “Day Room Window”

Guest Blog by Playwright Bonnie Cohen on her new play – based on true experience – about girls incarcerated in adult prison opens at The New Hazlett Theater (Pittsburgh, PA) October 16 – 25, 2014 In 1989, after ten years as … Continue reading

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California Female Inmate Sterilizations: Why We’re Appalled, But Not Surprised.

By Rebecca Ryan, WLP Law Intern Earlier this week, the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) released a report finding that California prisons had coercively sterilized at least 148 women between 2006 and 2010. According to the report, doctors contracted by … Continue reading

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NY Act Would Help Jailed Domestic Violence Survivors

The Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act (DVSJA) proposed by New York State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson and Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry, if passed, would “allow [New York] courts to take DV into consideration when determining sentencing; authorize judges to sentence survivors to … Continue reading

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March on Allegheny County Jail Tomorrow for Amy Lynn Gillespie

Amy Lynn Gillespie, 27, died on January 13, 2010. Ms. Gillespie was incarcerated at the Allegheny County Jail and at the time of her death, was 18 weeks pregnant. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that she was in jail for “violating … Continue reading

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Governor Rendell Signs Shackling Ban Into Law

Senate Bill 1074, previously known as the Healthy Birth for Incarcerated Women Act, passed in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on June 29th.  The bill bans the shackling of pregnant inmates in transit to a medical facility, during labor, and … Continue reading

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Giving Birth in Chains

If you have ever had a child, think back to the day she or he was born.  Recall lying in the hospital bed and pushing to bring life into this world, or holding your newborn child for the first time.  … Continue reading

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