More women — two-thirds of whom are mothers — are behind bars today than at any other point in U.S. history as a result of mandatory sentencing for drug offenses. Federal and state correctional laws and regulations must ensure the humane treatment of these women. Policy makers’ failure to do so results in the neglect of pregnant women and mothers and unnecessary suffering for them and their children.
On Monday, November 8 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern, we are hosting a webinar to discuss how federal and state correctional laws can better meet the needs of pregnant and parenting women behind bars. We hope you can join us.
The National Women’s Law Center and the Rebecca Project for Human Rights co-wrote the Mothers Behind Bars report exploring the egregious practice of shackling women during childbirth and other important issues affecting pregnant and parenting women behind bars — the vast majority of whom are non-violent, first-time offenders. In the report, we grade each state on whether it has adequate policies — or any policies at all — on prenatal care, shackling, and family-based drug treatment as an alternative to incarceration. We give 20 states and the District of Columbia overall failing grades and identify steps that the federal government could take to improve conditions of confinement for women in federal facilities, including prisons and immigration detention.
Join me and my co-author, Malika Saada Saar, Executive Director of the Rebecca Project for Human Rights, to learn more about the issues facing pregnant and parenting mothers behind bars. Register for the webinar today!
Thank you for your continued support of women and their families.
National Women's Law Center
See how great that sounds? Unfortunately I have to work at the time of the webinar so I can't tune in, but I hope a lot of you can -- this is an important topic often ignored or undervalued. You can register for the webinar here (you will probably have to register with NWLC), and you can download the NWLC's report here.