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How Many Women are in Prison for Defending Themselves Against Domestic Violence?

Marissa Alexander was sentenced to prison after firing a warning shot to protect herself from her abusive husband. Photo courtesy Free Marissa Last week, domestic violence was front-page news in America as the video... Read more »

The Real Women of “Orange Is the New Black” Are Now Activists

On June 21, women who had been imprisoned at FCI Danbury, where Orange is the New Black author Piper Kerman served most of her sentence, convened on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. for a rally. Read more »

Penned In: Letters Reveal the Lives of Transgender Women in Prison

Last August, the Army private now known as Chelsea Manning was sentenced to 35 years in military prison. A day after the trial, Manning... Read more »

“Orange is the New Black” Rewrites the “Bad Prisoner” Stereotype

We live in a culture where the presumption of guilt is often stronger than compassion or empathy, especially for imprisoned people. Read more »

Can “Orange Is the New Black” Change the Way Congress Thinks About Prisons?

Since the show’s debut, Piper Kerman has been speaking at college campuses, community centers, and social-justice organizations around the country about women’s prison issues. Read more »

It's a Problem When Laws Try to Protect Fetuses—But Not Pregnant Women

A Texas protester rallies against the state’s recent abortion rights restrictions. Photo by Mirsasha. Is it possible to advocate for fetuses and babies without advocating for pregnant women... Read more »

Douchebag Decree: Texas Laws are Just the Worst.

A Texan succinctly protests the state’s restrictive anti-... Read more »

One More State Realizes That We Need to Stop Shackling Pregnant Women

Last week, the Massachusetts Legislature sent a resounding message: stop shackling pregnant women in prison. Read more »

We Need to Face America's Dark History of Sterilizing People Behind Bars

American prisons have a dark history of forced sterilization: Louisville residents protested forced sterilizations in 1971. Photo from the Southern Conference Educational Fund via the History News Network  On... Read more »

Three Ways People Are Challenging the Prison System Right Now

“Prisons aren’t safe for anyone,” declared CeCe McDonald during her recent appearance on the Melissa Harris-Perry show. McDonald should know—she is a Black trans... Read more »

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