Get the Facts – Archive

Women behind bars are mostly invisible in the public discourse around mass incarceration. Their perverse and unique circumstances defy most public notions about crime, punishment and public safety. Visit this space for news and information about women, incarceration and criminal justice reform.

Families can’t pay the high cost to stay in touch.
Political donations reap benefits for private prisons.
JustUS Voices storytellers Lisa James and Tiffany Johnson and co-founder Susan Burton on how violence against women often leads to their incarceration. Read Lisa's complete story. Read Tiffany's ...
Michelle Jones became a published American history scholar while in prison. But Harvard revoked her admission after learning details of her criminal record.
Most women incarcerated in state prisons are mothers.
Two legal service clients of A New Way of Life are class representatives in a lawsuit alleging Disney violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act in its employment practices. It’s estimated that violatio...
Advocates laud change, urge states to take similar action.
Lack of money forces the innocent to plead guilty.
JustUS Voices storyteller Lily Gonzalez talks about obstacles she faced seeking work after her return from prison.
Race often determines whether children end up in foster care.
Spending goes up as the number of prisoners goes down.
Piper Kernan writes that in the prison where she did time for thirteen months, there were Black women serving life sentences for crimes similar to hers. Harsher sentencing, she adds is inherently raci...
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