Gender, Class and Incarceration

More and more women with economic and social advantages are attending institutions of higher learning—but women without those advantages increasingly find themselves in penal institutions.

It Could Have Been Me: Korryn Gaines and the Criminalization of Black Women

Every bone in my body tells me that I could have been Korryn Gaines.

Our Policing Problem is Also a Diversity Problem

In order to change police culture, we must improve hiring practices and recruit more women officers and more officers of color.

LISTEN: Exploring the Intersections of Race, Gender and Police Violence

This is a deeply moving, informative work that deserves a listen from anyone who finds themselves confused, disturbed, or saddened by the prevalence of racial violence in our nation.

Institutional Sexism in Policing is Still Holding Women Back—And That Impacts Everyone

Earlier this month, the U.S. Justice Department announced a lawsuit against the State of Michigan on the grounds of systematic gender discrimination against women corrections officers. The lawsuit shows that existing efforts to stop institutional sexism in the state—and around the nation—aren’t enough.

NEWSFLASH: Hawaii’s New Gun Reform Laws Should Become the National Standard

Hawaii Governor David Ige signed three gun law reform bills into law Thursday, putting the state ahead of the rest of the nation in ensuring its residents are safe from gun violence. One law in particular also specifically addresses the intersection of gun violence and domestic violence.

Inside the Year’s Most Unbelievable Story Of Rape

Marie was just 18 years old when she was bound, gagged and raped at knifepoint in her own home by a masked intruder in 2008. When she reported her assault to her local police department in Lynnwood, Washington, she was charged with a misdemeanor for false reporting, a crime punishable by up to one year […]

The Truth About “Gang Girls” and Women’s Violence

A 1992 murder still haunts John Hagedorn. The criminal justice professor has spent more than nine hours interviewing the convicted killer, Jacqueline Montanez, and nearly half his life researching other women like her: women who turned to gang life after years of abuse at home. Convicted of first-degree murder, Montanez killed rival gang member Hector […]

Ending the Rape Kit Backlog: What’s the Price of a Survivor’s Peace of Mind?

A nationwide investigation spearheaded by USA Today has found that at least 70,000 rape kits sit untested in laboratories around the country. While Detroit and other cities have made headlines for their determination to clear rape kit backlogs (in Detroit’s case, only after the Department of Justice found its police department guilty of “negative, victim-blaming beliefs” in 2008) this […]

McKinney and the History of Policing Black Women’s Bodies

Last Friday, a white police officer in McKinney, Texas, Cpl. Eric Casebolt, responded to a call about an incident at a teenage pool party. While there, he grabbed—by the hair—bikini-clad Dajerria Becton, a 15-year old African American girl who was a guest at the party, wrestled her to the ground and held her there with […]