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Race, Class and Justice in the U.S. Legal System: Still A Long Way From the Promised Land

Race, class, ethnicity, and sex still determine, to a great degree, how justice is dispensed and whether people are treated justly by the United States legal system.  Recent news stories and hard data show just how far we remain from Martin Luther King’s “promised land.”

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McCormack “Not The Next Roe” Anti-Choicers Say

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The response to a Newsweek profile on Jennie McCormack by anti-choicers has been a bit of a head-scratcher.

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Change the Landscape: Treatment Not Incarceration for New Mexicans

Last week, the New Mexico legislature passed four bills that could expand access to treatment for substance abuse.

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Imagine Giving Birth While Shackled to a Bedpost

More women—two-thirds of whom are mothers—are behind bars today than at any other point in U.S. history.  But federal and state laws and regulations fail to ensure humane treatment of pregnant women and mothers.

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Advocates Unite to Oppose Criminalization of Being Pregnant

More than 50 organizations and experts in the fields of medicine, public health, and child welfare asked the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to reject the state’s decision to incarcerate Amber Lovill because she was pregnant.

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Documenting Obstacles to Medical Care for Women in Detention

Immigrant women’s health care is severely compromised by the immigrant detention system, two new reports find.

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Remembering Reproductive Rights for Prisoners

The number of women in prison is growing at a staggering rate. We must include the challenges and issues incarcerated women face to reproductive health care access as we advocate for reproductive justice for all.

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Minimums Matter: RH Access in New York Jails

A report released today by the New York Civil Liberties Union discovers that access to reproductive health care services for women in New York jails is unregulated and lacks minimum standards.

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Mothering as a Reproductive Right

Where is the reproductive rights community in the over-incarceration of mothers and the almost systematic severance in the mother and child relationship as a result of maternal incarceration?

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Powerless in Prison: Sexual Abuse Against Incarcerated Women

Surviving a sexual assault and then navigating the health care system to receive adequate counseling and reproductive medical attention is daunting enough for those who walk freely on the outside. For women in prison, these hurdles can seem insurmountable.

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