Let's Talk About Dignity

Photo credit: Cheryl Hanna Truscott - Protective Custody

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.

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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.

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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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  • Annie McCuen
    signed 2017-10-17 08:27:31 -0700
    Thank you for protecting the children and their moms
  • Michael House
    signed 2017-10-17 08:27:24 -0700
  • Patricia Jaclson
    signed 2017-10-17 08:26:24 -0700
  • Dennis McCloskey
    signed 2017-10-17 08:25:39 -0700
  • Joan Robinson
    signed 2017-10-17 08:24:34 -0700
  • Ardeth Weed
    signed 2017-10-17 08:23:00 -0700
  • Carolyn Riddle
    signed 2017-10-17 08:20:53 -0700
  • Nancy Schimmel
    signed 2017-10-17 08:20:13 -0700
    Incarcerating women far from their children punishes innocent children.
  • Juanita Hepler
    signed 2017-10-17 08:19:12 -0700
  • Anissa Ryland
    signed 2017-10-17 08:19:11 -0700
    Please schedule the hearing and bring this discussion forward. It is important to our children, our communities, and our country.
  • Carol Gordon
    signed 2017-10-17 08:17:05 -0700
  • Margaret Cathey
    signed 2017-10-17 08:17:00 -0700
    Margaret Cathey
  • Margaret Handley
    signed 2017-10-17 08:16:50 -0700
  • Cynthia Lukas
    signed 2017-10-17 08:16:07 -0700
  • Timothy Post
    signed 2017-10-17 08:15:54 -0700
  • Cynthea Kimmelman-DeVries
    signed 2017-10-17 08:15:35 -0700
  • Tessa Carlson
    signed 2017-10-17 08:14:26 -0700
  • Jerald Vinikoff
    signed 2017-10-17 08:14:13 -0700
    We have far too much incarceration. It is destructive of society as well as the inmates. We need reform.
  • Susan Cote
    signed 2017-10-17 08:13:54 -0700
  • Nidia Flores
    signed 2017-10-17 08:13:27 -0700
  • June Hurst
    signed 2017-10-17 08:13:02 -0700
    June Hurst
  • Aliem Jumpp
    signed 2017-10-17 08:12:37 -0700
  • Octavia Pleas
    signed 2017-10-17 08:12:05 -0700
  • Wendy Oser
    signed 2017-10-17 08:12:00 -0700
  • Arista Moultrie
    signed 2017-10-17 08:11:42 -0700
  • Hilary Eckberg
    signed 2017-10-17 08:11:24 -0700
  • Martin Horwitz
    signed 2017-10-17 08:11:07 -0700
  • Terrie Williams
    signed 2017-10-17 08:11:03 -0700
  • Diana Bohn
    signed 2017-10-17 08:10:47 -0700
  • Roxanne Wilson
    signed 2017-10-17 08:10:17 -0700
    This is a simple right that we’ve already spoke upon within the American constitution. Dignity is American.
 

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