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New Report Highlights Growing Number of Aging People in Prison

“When I got out nine years ago, it was like being thrown from the top of the stairs to the bottom—I had nothing," Gloria Rubero wrote in a recent policy paper, part of a new report on reducing elder incarceration in New York state.

The authors of the report say that expediting their release is a “critical part of reducing mass incarceration, and of creating a more fair, just and humane justice system.”

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‘Coming Out of Concrete Closets’: LGBTQ Criminalization as Reproductive Injustice

The data in Coming Out of Concrete Closets sheds light on the ways in which systemic discrimination of LGBTQ communities—particularly low-income communities and communities of color—forms a dragnet of criminalization for the most marginalized.

The data in Coming Out of Concrete Closets sheds light on the ways in which systemic discrimination of LGBTQ communities—particularly low-income communities and communities of color—forms a dragnet of criminalization for the most marginalized.

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‘Locked Down, Locked Out’ Puts a Face on the Criminal Justice System

Maya Schenwar's book uses her family's personal experiences with incarceration as a framing device for more general statistics about how the legal system works, addressing the racism, classism, heterosexism, and misogyny at the heart of law-and-order policies.

Maya Schenwar’s book uses her family’s personal experiences with incarceration as a framing device for more general statistics about how the legal system works, addressing the racism, classism, heterosexism, and misogyny at the heart of law-and-order policies.

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Asylum-Seeking Women and Children Are Treated Like Dangerous Criminals When They Arrive

Nayely and Sara Beltran

Thousands of women and children fleeing violence or abuse will soon be detained in American facilities run by profit-driven private prison companies—at the instruction of the Obama administration.

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Lawsuit: Mississippi Officials Indefinitely Detain Poor Defendants

The American Civil Liberties Union accuses Scott County, Mississippi, officials of maintaining policies that allow poor defendants to sit in jail without either an attorney or a formal indictment.

The American Civil Liberties Union accuses Scott County, Mississippi, officials of maintaining policies that allow poor defendants to sit in jail without either an attorney or a formal indictment.

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The Criminal Justice System Is Failing Black Families

Marissa Alexander’s story resonates with me, not because I am a mother, or even a past victim of domestic violence, but because my life has been greatly affected by the systematic expansion of the prison system and excessive criminalization of my community.

Dr. Dorothy Roberts is right: Incarceration of women “inflicts incalculable damage to communities …. [transferring] racial disadvantage to the next generation.”

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Why Are Alameda County Jails Forcing Women to Take Pregnancy Tests?

No one can say for exactly how long Alameda County jails have been forcing arrested women to take pregnancy tests, and no one can really explain why.

For at least several years, Alameda County sheriffs and medical personnel have routinely conducted pregnancy tests on thousands of prisoners, old and young, fertile and sterile, willing or not. It’s a practice that isn’t shared by any other jails in California. No one can say for exactly how long Alameda County jails have been forcing arrested women to take pregnancy tests, and no one can really explain why.

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Legal Wrap: New Legal Fights Shaping Up Post-‘Hobby Lobby’

The legal landscape after the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision is taking shape, and it's a mess.

The legal landscape after the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision is taking shape, and it’s a mess.

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Beyond Birth Control: Recent Reproductive Justice Stories That Fewer People Are Talking About

Many advocates have understandably focused on the Supreme Court in recent weeks. But what gets lost in that focus are the stories that show the right to basic bodily autonomy is at stake for sex workers, trans people of color, and those who are disproportionately incarcerated.

Many advocates have understandably focused on the Supreme Court in recent weeks. But what gets lost in that focus are the stories that show the right to basic bodily autonomy is at stake for sex workers, trans people of color, and those who are disproportionately incarcerated.

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Eugenicists Never Retreat, They Just Regroup: Sterilization and Reproductive Oppression in Prisons

Anti-eugenics protest circa 1971, originally published by the Southern Conference Educational Fund

After winning a settlement that opened the door for thousands of women to initiate malpractice lawsuits against Dalkon Shield, the IUD that caused my sterilization, I naively thought we had seen the end of sterilization atrocities. Unfortunately, that is not so, at least in California.

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