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$4.1 Million Settlement Puts Jails on Notice: Shackling Pregnant Women is Unlawful

$4.1 Million Settlement Puts Jails on Notice: Shackling Pregnant Women is Unlawful

By Amy Fettig, ACLU National Prison Project at 5:52pm
Every year in the United States babies are born to women who are literally in chains – shackled to their delivery beds even in the act of labor. Thankfully, there is hope that this long-hidden and terrible practice – and the legacy of pain,…

Reproductive Health Locked Up

By Sara Mullen, ACLU of Pennsylvania & Carol Petraitis, ACLU of Pennsylvania at 10:50am

In the past 25 years, the number of women and girls caught up in the criminal justice system has skyrocketed. Many have been swept up in the War on Drugs and subject to punitive sentencing policies for nonviolent offenses.

In Pennsylvania,…

In Yet Another Act of Courage, Chelsea Manning Comes Out

In Yet Another Act of Courage, Chelsea Manning Comes Out

By Chase Strangio, Staff Attorney, ACLU at 4:23pm

Yesterday, Private Manning was sentenced to serve 35 years in military prison. After sentencing, Manning issued a statement, in which she bravely called for a more just society and stated that if she is not pardoned, she "will serve [her] time knowing…

Victory: No More Shackles on Pregnant Prisoners

Victory: No More Shackles on Pregnant Prisoners

By Alicia M. Walters, ACLU of Northern California at 4:10pm

We did it. After years of work from the ACLU of California and our allies, dangerous shackles and restraints can no longer be used on pregnant women in our state’s prisons and jails. Last week Governor Brown signed AB 2530, authored by Assemblymember Atkins, after it passed the legislature with overwhelming bipartisan support.

The Shameful Index of Prison Rape - Action on PREA Can End the Violence

By Amy Fettig, ACLU National Prison Project & Jennifer Wedekind, National Prison Project at 4:29pm

Today the Department of Justice released the long-awaited Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) regulations, representing the first time that the federal government has issued national standards to help end sexual abuse in correctional facilities. The…

Standing Up Against Sexual Assault By the State

Standing Up Against Sexual Assault By the State

By Mie Lewis, Women's Rights Project at 11:05am

After meeting with visitors, prisoners in a Michigan prison are forced to remove all of their clothing and spread open their vaginal lips as a guard peers into their vaginal cavities.

Say No to For-Profit Prisons

Say No to For-Profit Prisons

By David Shapiro, ACLU National Prison Project at 9:50am

Earlier this year, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the largest for-profit incarceration company in America, sent a letter to officials in 48 states offering to buy state prisons and run them for a profit. We're still waiting to hear what…

This Is the Year California Will Stop Shackling Pregnant Women

This Is the Year California Will Stop Shackling Pregnant Women

By Alicia M. Walters, ACLU of Northern California at 3:16pm

Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is a popular definition of insanity. Those of us across the country trying repeatedly to pass bills that would prohibit the shackling of pregnant women in jails and prisons are hardly…

Why Do We Keep Building Needless Prisons?

Why Do We Keep Building Needless Prisons?

By Amy Fettig, ACLU National Prison Project at 4:30pm

Why are the Feds spending $250 million in taxpayer dollars to build an unnecessary and counter-productive prison for women in rural Aliceville, Alabama? 

As the New York Times pointed out recently, most women in federal Bureau of Prisons…

"Y'all Will Not Walk My Halls and Spread HIV."

"Y'all Will Not Walk My Halls and Spread HIV."

By Steve Gosset, ACLU at 10:09am

For 25 years, the ACLU has been a forceful advocate to end discrimination against prisoners living with HIV. We've worked to end their segregation from the rest of the prison population and ensure they are afforded access to vital services and programs.

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