On Demand

Health Justice for Women in Prison

1h 32m

Created on August 22, 2016




Women have become the fastest growing segment of the prison population nationwide. While the U.S. has about 5% of the world's women, it has about 33% of the incarcerated women. Health care is a serious problem in prison. Women enter prisons with serious health issues that are compounded by poor quality prison health care and services, as well as the gender-based impact of women's incarceration experience itself.

The Correctional Association of New York has had a unique mandate to monitor prisons since 1846. Its Women in Prison Project brought an intersectional gender lens to its advocacy beginning in 1991. The organization works with the understanding that individuals directly affected by prison policies must be active participants and leaders in reform efforts. We examine policies affecting health care access, solitary confinement, sentencing of battered women, and shackling pregnant women.

By exploring our monitoring and advocacy work, we hope that lawyers, advocates, and researchers interested in women's health will strengthen their understanding of the importance of reproductive justice for incarcerated women, the ways that the social, economic and political issues in women's lives affect their health and health outcomes, and the broader advocacy efforts to bring about systemic change. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Develop a basic understanding of the intersecting forces that lead to women's incarceration
  2. Understand the conditions inside correctional centers relating to provision of health care for women
  3. Learn about current issues and remedies, and how practitioners can be a positive force for women who are incarcerated or recently released


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