A priority of Illinois Birth Justice is to raise public awareness of issues related to mass incarceration. Below you will find a variety of resources, including videos, interviews, webinars, podcasts, radio programs, articles, links to websites and organizations, and much more.

Annotated Bibliography: Causes and Consequences of Mass Incarceration
This annotated bibliography includes hundreds of articles and other resources organized into 18 areas, including Race, Class, and Law Enforcement; Social Determinants of Health; Housing Policy, The Wealth Gap, and Mass Incarceration; the Bail Trap and Prison Debt… and its impact: Criminalization of Pregnancy; Children of Incarcerated Parents; Breastfeeding and Incarceration; and others. 

Mass Incarceration

  • Learning from Europe? Prisons, Punishment, and American Exceptionalism How, to what extent, and why has criminal justice become so much harsher in the U.S. than in similar countries? Based on a comparison of France, Germany, and the U.K., this talk seeks to show just how much the U.S. has changed over the past four decades.

  • Mass Incarceration, Visualized

  • The Nordic: Nordic Prisons (excerpt): Retired Superintendent of Attica Correctional Facility in New York, visits four Nordic prisons and facilities. What methods are used in the correctional facilities of the Nordic countries? How do they differ compared to the US?

  • We Are Witnesses: The American criminal justice system consists of 2.2 million people behind bars, plus tens of millions of family members, corrections and police officers, parolees, victims of crime, judges, prosecutors and defenders. In We Are Witnesses, we hear their stories. The project comprises 19 videos, each between two and six minutes long.

Mass Incarceration and Women

Pregnancy and Incarceration

Prison Doula Projects
Incarcerated & Pregnant | Promoting the Health of Mothers and Babies
How to Start a Prison Doula Project
Isis Rising: Prison Doula Program at Shakopee Women's Prison
Prison Doula Project: Positive Outcomes (Washington) 
Videos: Convening on Pregnancy in Correctional Settings 

Children and Parental Incarceration

  • Echoes of Incarceration is an award-winning documentary initiative produced by youth with incarcerated parents. The project explores the issue of mass incarceration and its effects on families, and creates documentary films told from the life experiences of the filmmakers themselves.

  • Children of Prison Inmates This program inspires children of inmates to read more often, connects children and incarcerated parents through stories.

  • Project What! Presents Bill of Rights: Everywhere and Talking

  • ScholarCHIPS Student Testimonials provide college scholarships, mentoring and a peer support network to children of incarcerated parents, inspiring them to complete their college education.

  • Yasmine founded and currently leads ScholarCHIPS to provide support to youth who have an incarcerated parent and reduce the shame and stigma. As the child of an incarcerated parent, she believes in empowering youth to reach their potential through mentorship and guidance. 

  • Connecting Kids with Incarcerated Parents Having a parent in prison is incredibly hard for families. The Women's Storybook Project is trying to relieve some of the stress on kids and moms alike by simply enabling mothers to read to their kids.

Mass Incarceration

Women in Prison

Pregnancy and Incarceration

Doula Support in Prison

Minnesota Prison Doula Project
The Birth Justice Project
MomMobile – Maternity Care Coalition
Alabama Prison Birth Project
Michigan Prison Doula Initiative
Birth Companions

Community Works Behind every parent in jail or prison, there are children who are serving time as well. Our work is twofold: to create a community that allows our young people to use their voice, pride, and power; and to support them in creating policy change that reflects the needs of youth and families with an incarcerated loved one.
Center for Gender and Justice
Women, Incarcerated: Investigative Series Shows Systemic Abuses of Women in Prisons and Jails
WORTH (Women On the Rise Telling Her Story) is an advocacy/consultant group comprised of currently & formerly incarcerated women, who have the expertise and understanding to engage, navigate and challenge policy and perceptions concerning incarcerated women.
National Women’s Law Center  Mothers Behind Bars: A state-by-state report card and analysis of federal policies on conditions of  confinement for pregnant and parenting women and the effect on their children.
Vera Institute of Justice 
Incarceration Resources 
National Resource Center on Justice Involved Women
“Improving Healthcare for Incarcerated Women”
National Advocates for Pregnant Women
Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth
International Network for Perinatal (PTSD) Research
Michigan Breastfeeding Network. Breastfeeding and Incarceration Toolkit
Equal Justice Initiative
Recovery Research Institute Restore Justice Foundation
U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections
The Sentencing Project
Incarceration Reform
Association for Justice-Involved Females and Organizations
PIPS Pregnancy in Prison Statistics
National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls
Prison Policy Initiative



Cabrini Green Legal Aid
Cabrini Green Legal Aid/Visible Voices I am Somebody
Women’s Justice Initiative
Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority
The John Howard Association  
Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC)
Moms United Against Violence and Incarceration
Chicago Volunteer Doulas
New Moms
Families Organizing for Child Welfare Justice
Postpartum Depression Alliance of Illinois
Uptown Peoples Law Center
EverThrive Illinois
Survivors Alliance for Healing & Justice 
Chicago Books to Women in Prison

Alternative Sentencing
The Bail Trap and Prison Debt
Breastfeeding and Incarceration
Children of Incarcerated Parents
Criminalization of Pregnancy
Data Collection Forms for Prison Doula Projects
Drug Policy & History in the U.S.
Drug Use and Women
The Economic Burden of Incarceration
Healthcare for Pregnant Incarcerated Women
Heroin & Opioid Trends
Housing Policy, the Wealth Gap, and Mass Incarceration
Impact of Breastfeeding on Maternal Health
LGBTQ People and Incarceration
National Network of Prison Doula Projects
Pregnancy and Incarceration
Prison Nurseries
Prison Visits
Race, class, and law enforcement
Social Determinants of Health
Substance Abuse, Pregnancy, and Incarceration
Trauma Informed and Gender Responsive Care
Women in Prison