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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    Rosa V Gilmore
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  • signed 2017-11-08 08:34:32 -0800
    Our prison system is designed for beating people down, not for rehabilitating American citizens. If mothers are the primary caretakers in most homes, we must support them for the sake of their children, and for the sake of our own humanity. These are people. They need pads. They need to hold their children. For their sakes, for our sakes, for America’s sake.
  • @JessStandsUp tweeted link to this page. 2017-11-08 07:33:41 -0800
  • signed via 2017-11-08 07:33:02 -0800
    I support The Dignity Act, which includes provisions such as more visitation rights for incarcerated mothers and preventing the shackling of pregnant women (which we do, even during birth). Prisons will also be required to provide women with feminine products and basic gynecological care (which we don’t currently provide).
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    As ILC president at Albion I tried to make changes but was always shut down. Change has to be made by advocating outside the walls.
 

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