America’s Shame: It’s Time to Shatter the Silence About the Trauma-to-Prison Pipeline for Black Women and Girls

Thus the truth: America has always turned its back on poor Black women and, when coupled with a criminal history, what we have is Black women being marginalized in their marginalization—locked up for surviving.

Q&A: Menstrual Equity Champion Jennifer Weiss-Wolf on Fighting for the Reproductive Health of Incarcerated Women

Ms. spoke with Weiss-Wolf about the recently-introduced Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act and how it could change the lives of women in prison.

Solidarity and Liberation on Mama’s Day

Life may be suffering, but we all have the ability to show up for one another—on Mother’s Day and every day.

No Justice: When Abuse and Incarceration Intersect

Women don’t just face the prison industrial complex. They face a prison abuse complex—and their untreated victimization puts them at higher risk for incarceration.

It’s Not Too Late to Give the Gift of Support and Solidarity

We started the Ms. Magazine Prison and Domestic Violence Shelter Program to let women in prison know they are seen and valued, and that feminists remember them and are fighting for them and alongside them.

Resistance to the Prison-Industrial Complex Remains a Feminist Issue

This week’s prison strike is the tactic of a growing movement that promises to tackle the systemic violence touching countless women’s lives.

The Enforcement Gap: How Period Protection Laws Fail Incarcerated Women

While new legislation in New York City would, on paper, guarantee that women be provided with a reasonable amount of menstrual supplies upon request in public spaces, ensuring the enforced distribution of supplies in practice at correctional facilities will likely remain a challenge.

Silenced by the Pain of a Tumultuous Life

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Ms. Blog will be publishing a series of posts detailing the impact of domestic violence, including personal essays and more, throughout the month. In 2011, I was released from prison after serving more than two decades―I am finally free! However, freedom isn’t free. Every day, in small ways, I am […]

Pregnant Behind Bars: How Expectant Mothers’ Lives are Under Threat

Imagine being pregnant and hungry. Always hungry. Now imagine being hungry and locked in a room, unable to access food, for eight to 12 hours. Imagine opening a carton of milk and being hit in the face with a rancid smell that makes your stomach turn. Now imagine that that is the only carton of […]

Domestic Violence Survivor Jailed for Failing to “Protect her Children” from Abuser

Domestic abuse survivor Tondalo Hall has spent the last decade behind bars in a McLoud, Oklahoma prison for “failing to protect” her children from a violent partner. Robert Braxton, Jr. was arrested in 2004 for breaking the ribs and femur of the couple’s daughter, who was 3 months old at the time. He was sentenced to 10 […]

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