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

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.

Mass Incarceration

Women in Prison

Pregnancy and Incarceration

Doula Support in Prison

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

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 

IBJ Resources on Google Drive
Alternative Sentencing
Breastfeeding and Incarceration
Children of Incarcerated Parents
Criminalization of Pregnant Women
Healthcare for Pregnant Incarcerated Women
Heroin & Opioid Trends: 1) Drug Policy & History in the US; 2) Drug Use and Women
Housing Policy, the Wealth Gap, and Mass Incarceration
Impact of Breastfeeding on Maternal Health
Incarceration: 1) The Economic Burden of Incarceration; 2) Incarceration and LGBTQ
National Network of Prison Doula Projects
Pregnancy, Substance Abuse, Incarceration
Prison Nurseries
Prison Visits
Race, class, and law enforcement
Research - Doulas
Social Determinants of Health
The Bail Trap and Prison Debt
Women in Prison