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WOMEN IN JAIL: OVERLOOKED AND EVER-GROWING

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WOMEN IN JAIL: OVERLOOKED AND EVER-GROWING

Women in prison are often perceived as the prostitutes, the "bad girls," the drug addicts. It's easy to just look at the labels without digging deeper to learn who are the women behind bars, what led them there, and what domestic violence has to do with their incarceration.  And it's easy to overlook the fact that the number of women incarcerated is growing at a faster rate than any other jailed population.

          Elizabeth Swavola, Senior Program Associate, Sentencing and Corrections, has a history of advocating for improved responses to violence against women, and she co-founded an organization to help those returning home from prison.  Taylar Nuevelle is a writer and advocate for justice involved women who founded the "Who Speaks for Me?" project which ties trauma to prison for women.  She was also incarcerated for five years.  Her writings have been published in the Washington Post and The Nation, among others.

          Join us Saturday as we discuss women in prison and a new report Swavola helped author, "Overlooked: Women and Jails in an Era of Reform."

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