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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  • 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
  • Amanda Graff
    signed 2017-12-09 12:21:25 -0800
  • Amanda Schaller
    signed 2017-12-08 14:34:11 -0800
  • Angel D'Angelo
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-12-07 07:12:01 -0800
    Sign the petition: Let's Talk About Dignity
  • Angel D'Angelo
    @archangeltampa tweeted link to this page. 2017-12-07 07:11:58 -0800
  • Angel D'Angelo
    signed 2017-12-07 07:11:31 -0800
    Dignity for all femmes !
  • Chris DeJarnette
    signed 2017-12-06 16:40:55 -0800
  • Natalya Samsonova
    signed 2017-12-06 15:01:01 -0800
  • Brenda Morrison
    signed via 2017-12-06 13:36:47 -0800
  • Christine Tergis
    signed 2017-12-05 19:54:55 -0800
    Women inmates deserve basic human rights!
  • Kelly Bright
    followed this page 2017-12-05 19:25:18 -0800
  • Kelly Bright
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-12-05 19:22:49 -0800
    Sign the petition: Let's Talk About Dignity
  • Kelly Bright
    signed 2017-12-05 19:21:20 -0800
  • megan williamson
    signed via 2017-12-04 14:17:44 -0800
    We need reform!
  • Bibi Gnagno
    signed 2017-12-04 06:29:47 -0800
  • India Crawford
    signed 2017-11-30 09:52:21 -0800
  • Albert Fermin
    signed via 2017-11-28 15:55:41 -0800
  • Amelia
    @ameliajane tweeted link to this page. 2017-11-28 06:24:12 -0800
  • Amelia Dietrich
    signed via 2017-11-28 06:19:27 -0800
    Even people in prison are humans who deserve dignity and respect. How can we expect them to get better and come back to society as contributors instead of criminals if we don’t treat them as such while they are in prison?
  • Leonie Henderson
    signed via 2017-11-26 16:13:01 -0800
  • Samantha Long
    signed via 2017-11-26 06:31:38 -0800
  • Ariadnet Salcedo
    signed 2017-11-25 21:14:08 -0800
    Ariadnet Salcedo
  • Kathleen Peets
    signed via 2017-11-25 17:04:22 -0800
  • Debra Wallace
    signed 2017-11-25 00:25:49 -0800
    When a mother is under stress then stress hormones are absorbed by the baby and negatively affecting the baby’s brain development. The first 3 years of life creates the blueprint for all future relationships. Being separated from your primary caregiver is the most traumatic experience one can suffer. Prisons are often filled with people who have suffered and have not had their vital needs met. If we want to maximize human potential and heal transgenerational trauma, then providing safe, calm, and empowering births is the most cost-effective and humane approach to cultivating a healthy, safe, and relationship-rich society. Check out Profesor James Heckman’s Nobel Prize-winning economics on human potential and how “high-quality birth-to-five programs for disadvantaged children can deliver a 13% return on investment.” https://heckmanequation.org/resource/13-roi-toolbox/

    I wish we didn’t need this research as supporting our most vulnerable and valuable resources should be a given not something we need to fight for.
  • Rachele Huennekens
    signed via 2017-11-24 21:42:57 -0800
  • Kacy Barker
    signed via 2017-11-24 08:47:33 -0800
  • Evan Bell
    signed 2017-11-23 13:12:04 -0800

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