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.

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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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1,522 people signed

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  • 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.
  • Gwen Clark
    signed 2017-10-17 08:09:03 -0700
    Gwen Clark
  • Denise Hawkins
    signed 2017-10-17 08:08:57 -0700
  • Robert Carson
    signed 2017-10-17 08:08:47 -0700
  • Robert Wilson
    signed 2017-10-17 08:08:11 -0700
    This movement provides policy solutions

    to the question of how do we make our society better.
  • Martha Hauer
    signed 2017-10-17 08:07:47 -0700
  • Elizabeth MacKelvie
    signed 2017-10-17 08:06:38 -0700
    Incarcerated women are, potentially, any of us. Where is the compassion?
  • Stephen Kolb
    signed 2017-10-17 08:06:32 -0700
  • Mary Baxtet
    signed 2017-10-17 08:06:10 -0700
  • KAren Smyte
    signed 2017-10-17 08:06:02 -0700
  • Robert Thomasson
    signed 2017-10-17 08:05:48 -0700
  • mia white
    signed 2017-10-17 08:05:35 -0700
  • Margot Lenhart
    signed 2017-10-17 08:03:37 -0700
    If women in the outside world are harassed and mistreated, those in prison suffer tenfold.
  • Gabbi Sarcone
    signed 2017-10-17 08:03:29 -0700
  • Diana Kennedy
    signed 2017-10-17 08:03:19 -0700
    Are we civilized or not?
  • Ted Callon
    signed 2017-10-17 08:03:06 -0700
  • Francine Ungaro
    signed 2017-10-17 08:03:05 -0700
  • Joan Moricca
    signed 2017-10-17 08:02:12 -0700
  • Elaine Larson
    signed 2017-10-17 08:02:03 -0700
  • Juliette Miller
    signed 2017-10-17 08:01:28 -0700
  • Todd Clark
    signed 2017-10-17 08:01:25 -0700
 

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