The 182 women serving life without parole

By Marcus Henderson Being sentenced to die in prison is a hard pill to swallow, especially if you are a woman. California women’s prisons house roughly 182 women sentenced to life without parole (LWOP). The women describe themselves as “the lost population.” “My biggest dream was to become a mother and have two children,” Tammy […]

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#Nevertheless, ShePersisted

The new generation of women activists A new generation of women activists has risen. Their calling card is the #Nevertheless, She Persisted. These women are challenging the male-dominated political and economic system and breaking barriers. The phrase “Nevertheless, she persisted” was lifted from the US Senate’s recent decision to silence Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) during […]

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SQN adviser ongoing commitment spans more than 35 years

Wanted: reporters for an award-winning newspaper. Long hours, lousy pay ($24 a month). Requirements: ability to write coherently and be a prisoner in the California Prison at San Quentin. Back in 1982, that is how an article “Convicts print the inside stuff” depicted San Quentin News in the San Jose Mercury. And, that’s where Joan […]

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San Quentin’s own quiet hero

By Eddie Herena Nigel Poor, one of three members of a unique prison podcast, Ear Hustle, received an award dedicated to honoring public servants. The Jefferson Award for Public Service is given weekly to one person for his or her behind-the-scenes work in the community. In Poor’s case, her work is behind the walls of […]

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Bidding farewell to SQ’s guiding light

By Juan Haines Kathleen Jackson has spent the last nine years inside a prison guiding men, most serving life sentences, to turn their lives around. Nearly 400 of these men, along with volunteers from the surrounding San Francisco Bay Area, packed San Quentin’s Protestant Chapel to tell Jackson they love her and will miss her. […]

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May 2017 News Briefs

New Mexico — Lawmakers passed a bill forbidding “restricted housing” — defined as 22 or more consecutive hours in a cell “without daily, meaningful and sustained human interaction” — for pregnant women in the state’s county jails and prisons and for children in juvenile lockups, New Mexico in Depth reports. The measure also would limit […]

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Aboriginal women jailed for defending themselves

By Harry C. Goodall Jr. In Western Australia, Aboriginal women are being incarcerated at a high rate for responding with violence to unreported domestic abuse at home, according to “Violence in the Lives of Incarcerated Aboriginal Mothers in Western Australia,” a study by Mandy Wilson, et al., according to Sage Journal. In 2016, 51 percent […]

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Only eight U.S. prisons allow infants with their mothers

By Charles David Henry Across the United States, there are just eight prisons that allow infants to remain with their mothers who are serving sentences. According to The Associated Press, Bedford Hills Correction Facility is a maximum security prison where 24-year-old Jennifer Dumas is serving a two-year sentence for attempted burglary along with her 6-month-old […]

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Ireland takes a look at mothers in prison

By Mike Little In Ireland there is a clear need for incarcerated mothers to maintain children and family relationships, according to a National University of Ireland report cited in a Probation Journal article. “Being found guilty of a crime is not synonymous with being a bad parent.  Also noted, there is no good reason to […]

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A nation’s wealth does not spare women from violence

By Forrest Lee Jones In eight of the world’s wealthiest countries women undergo death by violence at rates as high, or higher, than men, despite declining levels of violence overall, according to the study “A Gendered Analysis of Violent Deaths” done for the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In rich locales like Austria, […]

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