As the 2020 candidates have begun to roll out criminal justice reform proposals, we cannot forget the 219,000 women currently incarcerated in the United States. Tragically, women are often overlooked in plans meant to reduce the number of Americans held in jail cells or sent to prison each year.
We at Ms. magazine want women in prison to know they are seen and valued. Because domestic violence shelters can be almost as isolating as prisons—and often lack libraries or any reading material, just as many prisons do—we decided to include women in those shelters, too. That’s why we started the Ms. Magazine Prison and Domestic Violence Shelter Program.
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Out of sight may mean out of mind—and heart. For women in prison, this is the tragedy. For the rest of us, this invisibility keeps us from realizing how much women in prison may resemble and could be you and me.
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