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July 19, 2017

Bipartisan discussion of female incarceration issues at "Women Unshackled" event

My twitter feed was full of reports and links to a big criminal justice reform event yesterday which was given the title "Women Unshackled."  This Washington Post article, headlined "Officials from both parties say too many women are incarcerated for low-level crimes," reports on the event, and its coverage starts this way:

Democratic and Republic officials at a conference Tuesday said too many women are being incarcerated for nonviolent offenses, a troubling trend both groups said they were committed to tackling.

From Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif.) and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (Tex.) to Republican Rep. Mia Love (Utah) and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, there was bipartisan agreement that most of the women in jails and prison would be better served by drug rehabilitation and mental health services, rather than harsher sentences. They noted that most women in the criminal-justice system are victims of domestic abuse or sexual violence. And because most incarcerated women have small children, locking them away can destroy an already fragile family.

The discussion came during a day-long conference called “Women Unshackled,” presented by the Justice Action Network and sponsored by the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law, the Coalition for Public Safety and Google.

Some additional coverage of the issues and individuals involved in this event can be found in these recent press pieces:

July 19, 2017 at 10:37 AM | Permalink


One must love the delightful cool breeze caused by the movement of the hypocrisy meter. If by the same token women can be better served by lighter sentences and medical rehab for their crimes, than why not men as well? And since gender is non-binary these days, all those in between as well.

These senators (at least the progressive / Democrat ones) would be screaming yellow zonkers at private industry performing the same level of gender exclusion, as they have so demonstrably done so in "Angry Women" marches and whatnot.

Posted by: Eric Knight | Jul 19, 2017 10:59:53 AM

I have to wonder if the children these folks are so worried about would not be better served by completely severing their connection to criminal parents.

Posted by: Soronel Haetir | Jul 19, 2017 11:47:02 AM

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