Let's Talk About Dignity

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We call on Senator Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, to schedule a hearing on the issue of female incarceration and its impact on public safety and communities across America.

The vast majority of incarcerated women are survivors of physical, sexual and emotional trauma. More than half are mothers or primary caregivers. Nearly 75% are incarcerated for crimes that result from drug addiction or financial necessity.


Prisons were not designed for women. Incarcerated women have unique health, hygiene and safety needs that are not adequately addressed by our current system. 2,000 women give birth while incarcerated, every year. Thousands more deal with the pain of being separated by hundreds of miles from their children and families.

Bipartisan criminal justice legislation introduced in both the House and Senate is a bright spot in an otherwise dysfunctional political atmosphere. A very important segment of the prison population is being left out of the conversation.


The Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act has offered solutions for the treatment incarcerated women. Yet, there have been no hearings scheduled.

Chairman Grassley and members of the Senate Judiciary: It's time to talk about Dignity for Incarcerated Women!

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  • Amanda B. Jones
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-01-03 20:52:37 -0800
    Sign the petition: Let's Talk About Dignity
  • Amanda B. Jones
    @amandajonestv tweeted link to this page. 2018-01-03 20:52:32 -0800
  • Amanda Jones
    signed 2018-01-03 20:50:03 -0800
  • Jane Heisey
    signed 2018-01-03 17:42:22 -0800
    Jane Heisey
  • Kdw
    @ymo_10 tweeted link to this page. 2018-01-03 13:34:22 -0800
  • Janinr Baket
    signed 2018-01-03 11:43:17 -0800
  • Laura Robinson
    signed 2018-01-01 20:18:44 -0800
    Most of the crimes that land women in prison are non-violent. It is counterproductive and cruel to treat these women harshly and brutally instead of giving them opportunities to build better lives.
  • helen warren
    signed 2017-12-30 09:24:30 -0800
  • Julia Pinsky
    signed 2017-12-30 08:37:03 -0800
    Let’s start doing the right thing in this country!
  • stephanie dellinger
    signed 2017-12-29 16:53:22 -0800
    I was incarcerated and totally behind this. it is terrible how they strip us of our dignity. i miscarried in prison, and was told to find my own sanitary napkins, refused medical treatment, and told to lay down and deal with it, and no contracting during count time. it was horrible. just 1 of many things I personally experienced, on top of so much I have seen. Horrible! whatever I can do, PLEASE reach out!! God bless
  • Cynthia Brady
    signed 2017-12-29 15:20:29 -0800
  • Rita Pacchiana
    signed 2017-12-29 12:30:23 -0800
    Please end the incarceration of females for non violent crimes . Restore their dignity
  • James Thomas
    signed 2017-12-29 10:39:48 -0800
  • Terrance McLarnan
    signed 2017-12-26 19:53:19 -0800
    My daughter works for #50. She is ALL in … as am I!
  • Anrica Caldwell
    signed 2017-12-26 11:54:50 -0800
    Anrica Caldwell
  • Elizabeth Shaver
    signed 2017-12-25 13:44:04 -0800
  • Lisa Bluemel
    signed 2017-12-17 10:09:48 -0800
    No woman shoulf be shackled while giving birth ..that is CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT,AND INHUMANE.. its disgusting to find this atrocitiy is happeneing in the US..
  • Fredna S White
    signed 2017-12-16 11:36:17 -0800
  • Charlene Sinclair
    signed 2017-12-15 10:07:47 -0800
    Charlene Sinclair
  • Jennifer Tafel
    signed 2017-12-15 09:09:12 -0800
  • Amber Killian
    signed 2017-12-15 08:32:28 -0800
  • Jaimie Worker
    signed 2017-12-15 08:25:45 -0800
  • Brandi Shepherd
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-12-14 14:50:35 -0800
    Sign the petition: Let's Talk About Dignity
  • Brandi Shepherd
    signed 2017-12-14 14:50:33 -0800
  • Brandi Shepherd
    @bkurtz1981 tweeted link to this page. 2017-12-14 14:50:29 -0800
  • Catherine Patteson
    signed 2017-12-11 09:19:26 -0800
  • Jennie Pappas
    signed 2017-12-10 16:18:03 -0800
  • Allison May
    signed 2017-12-10 14:15:57 -0800
  • Hassana Hamadi
    signed 2017-12-09 13:39:40 -0800
  • Loviise   Jonna Tampuu
    signed 2017-12-09 12:40:57 -0800

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