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Women in Prison

The Rape Victims Silenced By Their Prison Cells

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 07.20.2016 | Women

When Leticia Villarreal, 42, began her prison sentence at McPherson Unit, a women’s facility in Arkansas, she throbbed with anger and pain. She was ...

Providing Free Pads And Tampons To Incarcerated Women Is About More Than Hygiene

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 06.24.2016 | Impact

For incarcerated women in the U.S., the experience of a monthly period can be stressful and demeaning. While jails often supply menstrual products, su...

This Program Is Giving Inmates An Ivy League Education

The Huffington Post | Chantelle DMello | Posted 04.14.2016 | HuffPost Live 321

A revolutionary program from the nonprofit Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison is giving inmates access to an Ivy League education and a new le...

She Was Acquitted Of Murdering Her Abusive Ex After Years In Prison. Now Comes The Hard Part.

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 04.14.2016 | Black Voices

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Cherelle Baldwin was technically free. It had been nine days since her release from York Correctional Institution, Connecticut...

Wave Goodbye To Harsh Tennessee Law Targeting Pregnant Drug Users

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 03.23.2016 | Politics

A controversial Tennessee law that explicitly makes it a crime to use drugs while pregnant will officially die this summer. In 2014, when the state ...

Orange is the New Children's Theater

Kelly Hughes | Posted 03.14.2016 | Entertainment
Kelly Hughes

In high school, I wrote and directed a Dickensian children's Christmas play featuring sibling rivalry, greed, sexual wantonness, and retribution. And ...

Prison Chaplain Won Employee Of The Year While Female Inmates Say He Was Sexually Assaulting Them

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 01.08.2016 | Politics

In January of 2013, Kenneth Dewitt, a prison chaplain at a women’s correctional facility in Newport, Arkansas, was invited to the governor’s mansi...

New York Bans 'Barbaric' Practice Of Shackling Pregnant Inmates

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 12.23.2015 | Politics

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed legislation on Tuesday banning the practice of shackling incarcerated women in New York during pregnancy. Under...

Former Prison Chaplain Charged With Sexually Assaulting Female Inmates

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 12.19.2015 | Politics

A former prison chaplain at a women’s prison in Newport, Arkansas, was charged with 50 counts of sexual assault involving three inmates on Thursday....

Listen To Women Describe The Horror Of Being Shackled While Pregnant

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 12.11.2015 | Women

"It's just so degrading." "I know I made a mistake, but this is a totally different punishment that no one deserves." "It was the most dehumanizing, e...

The U.S. Is Depressingly Good At Putting Women Behind Bars

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics

The United States puts women behind bars at a higher rate than every other country in the world, save for Thailand. Though the U.S. has only 5 percent...

What Happens When Moms Go To Prison

Trend Lines | Nico Pitney | Posted 10.29.2015 | Politics

This story was originally published on Child Trends' blog Trend Lines. By now, “Orange is the New Black” fans have had ample time to binge watch S...

Infiltrating Prison with Love, Compassion, and Respect

Nancy Deville | Posted 08.11.2015 | Women
Nancy Deville

When I tell people that I teach yoga to incarcerated women, I often see a look pass over their faces. To me, there is no greater need than women who are locked into cages, demoralized, deprived of sunlight, nutrition, and physical comforts.

Rep. Johnson: Level of Police Violence Against Black Women and Girls Unacceptable

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 07.27.2015 | Black Voices
Rep. Hank Johnson

The challenges black men face are real, but I was humbled to learn how unequal justice affects black women. Black women are the fastest growing prison population and their stories must be told if we are going to break this trend. It is open season on all Americans.

Why the President's Prison Visit Did Not Go Far Enough

Rev. Vivian Nixon | Posted 07.22.2016 | Crime
Rev. Vivian Nixon

President Obama was brave to pick up the issue of reform and put it front and center for all to see, however if the purpose of his visit was to highlight what life is like on the "inside," I think the trip fell short.

The True Way to Reform is to Educate: Reinstate Pell for Incarcerated Students

Rev. Vivian Nixon | Posted 05.22.2016 | Politics
Rev. Vivian Nixon

Criminal Justice Reform has been on the minds and tongues of many this year, making what was once seen as a controversial subject become a more common talking point on both sides of the aisle.

What 'OITNB' Gets Wrong About Lesbian Sex In Prison

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

"Orange Is The New Black" fans know bespectacled drug smuggler Alex Vause, played by Laura Prepon, as Piper Chapman's incarcerated on-again-off-again ...

Melissa Jeltsen

'Vagina Monologues' Production Reminds Female Inmates They Aren't Forgotten

HuffingtonPost.com | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 04.28.2015 | Women

BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. -- Elisia Dones, 59, gazed out the window of the bus as it passed Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, New York’s only maximum-s...

Pregnant Inmates Are STILL Being Shackled While Giving Birth

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 03.12.2015 | Crime

In 2009, the state of New York outlawed shackling pregnant inmates during and after labor. But according to a report by the Women In Prison Project, n...

This Former Inmate Was Forced To Give Birth While Shackled To A Bed

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 03.11.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

The cultural conversation about the plight of incarcerated women is fresh in the American consciousness thanks to "Orange Is The New Black," but the r...

I Spent 17.5 Years In Prison For A Crime I Did Not Commit

Ravishly | Posted 01.12.2015 | Women
Ravishly

Prior to being sent to prison, I knew nothing about incarcerated women and, like most of society, I couldn't have cared less. I assumed that all people in prison belonged there, and that they deserved whatever happened to them. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Rape, Domestic Violence, and the Remarkable Courage of Two Fledgling Filmmakers

Pamela Glasner | Posted 12.27.2014 | Women
Pamela Glasner

"There were very few women on the street," Joanna said, "I had to film and photograph them whenever I could, and then rely on editing to get that balance."

The Real Orange Is The New Black: Six Experts Speak Out About Women in Prison

Ravishly | Posted 12.22.2014 | Women
Ravishly

Six experts entrenched in the system -- from the executive director of a prison reform organization, to a forensic psychologist, to a prison arts teacher -- were asked this question: What can we do to affect systemic change for women in prison? Here's what they had to say...

The Shocking Truth About Women In U.S. Prisons

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 10.01.2014 | Women

The U.S. has a serious female prisoner problem. According to the International Centre for Prison Studies, there are 201,200 women incarcerated in t...

Hang Out With 'Orange Is The New Black' Cast And Help Support Real Women In Prison

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 08.28.2014 | Impact

The fictitious ladies of Litchfield Correctional Facility are putting their on-camera differences aside for real women facing the realities of life be...