On July 11th, 2017, Senators Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren introduced the Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act, which seeks to reform how we treat incarcerated women. Between 1980 and 2014, the population of incarcerated women skyrocketed by more than 700%, outpacing the rate of male imprisonment by over 50%. For far too long, these women have been left out of conversations around criminal justice reform - yet it is our criminal justice system which separates them from their children by hundreds of miles, shackles them in chains during precious moments of childbirth, isolates them in solitary confinement during pregnancy, and strips them of their basic human rights.
On October 12th, we premiered a short video raising awareness about this issue, featuring Alicia Keys and We Are Here Movement, as well as 4 women – all members of the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women – who are formerly incarcerated. Our immediate goal is to coerce the Senate Judiciary Committee - specifically Senator Chuck Grassley - to schedule a hearing for the Dignity Act.
Please: Amplify this video + conversation on your social media, and support this bill however you can. Visit cut50.org/dignity for more information!