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.
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.
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?
Mass Incarceration and Women
Testif-i A new multimedia initiative that aims to transform the public dialogue on mass incarceration through storytelling and the lived experiences of formerly incarcerated women.
Overlooked: Women in Jails. Gender and Justice in America, Vera Institute of Justice.
How Incarcerating Women Fuels Our Mass Incarceration Crisis: An Animated Series, ACLU.
Women and Mass Incarceration, Michele Goodwin
Webinar: If You Care About Supporting Pregnant Women, You Should Care About Reproductive Justice The National Women’s Law Center and If/When/How co-sponsored a webinar series focusing on the intersection of reproductive justice with other social justice issues.
Pregnancy and Incarceration
Mothers of Bedford Documentary Film (clip). Mothers of Bedford follows five women incarcerated at New York's only maximum security prison, Bedford Hills Correctional Facility.
Survived and Punished, Educational Resources These short videos provide a glimpse of stories of criminalized survivors of sexual and domestic violence and the grassroots efforts to free them.
Healing Neen The transcendent story of Tonier “Neen” Cain’s emergence from drug addiction, multiple incarcerations and two decades of homelessness to become a tireless advocate and educator on the devastating impact of childhood abuse . . and the need to rethink how we treat the shattered adults severely traumatized children become.
The Sentence First-time filmmaker Rudy Valdez’s The Sentence tells the story of his sister Cindy Shank, a mother of three who received a 15-year mandatory sentence for conspiracy charges related to her deceased ex-boyfriend’s crimes. The documentary offers a searing look at the at the consequences of mandatory minimum sentencing and received critical acclaim when it premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
Blaming Mothers: American Law and the Risks to Children’s Health | Linda Fentiman, Professor at the Elisabeth Haub Law School at Pace University. Today American mothers are criminalized more than ever from conception and pregnancy, to birth and beyond. How did it get this way and where is this dangerous trend heading?
Prison makes changes for mothers "The Logan Correctional Center has made changes to make sure expectant and new mothers get the chance to bond with their babies." See also Logan Correctional Center creates pregnancy wing for expecting mothers.
Breastfeeding and incarceration: This panel discussion focuses on breastfeeding advocacy, the rights of incarcerated moms and their children, and prison abolition.
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.
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.
'Charged' Explains How Prosecutors and Plea Bargains Drive Mass Incarceration: Close to 2.2 million people were incarcerated in the U.S. in 2016; author Emily Bazelon says prosecutors — not judges — are responsible for many of the prison sentences defendants receive.
Radio Public, Shows About Incarceration Curated by the team behind 70 Million, a new open-source podcast about criminal justice reform from Lantigua Williams & Co. Here, they present a collection of podcasts that look at incarceration inside and outside prisons.
National Public Radio: Documentary '13TH' Argues Mass Incarceration Is an Extension Of Slavery
Women in Prison
National Public Radio National Public Radio, Special Series: Discipline and Women in Prison (Oct 14-17, 2018):
1) Investigation: In U.S. Prisons, Women Punished More Often than Men In Prison, Discipline Comes Down Hardest on Women; 2) In Prison, Discipline Comes Down Hardest on Women; 3) Iowa is Trying to Address the Disparity in How Men and Women are Disciplined in Prison; 4) In Iowa, A Commitment to Make Prison Work Better for Women.
Pregnancy and Incarceration
Pregnant Behind Bars: What We Do And Don't Know About Pregnancy And Incarceration
After 6 Prison Terms, A Former Inmate Helps Other Women Rebuild Their Lives | May 16, 2017; Fresh Air, NPR
Life of the Law Shorts #23 - Of Prison and Pregnancy | The United States incarcerates six times as many women as it did thirty years ago. Many of these women are already mothers, and four percent of incarcerated women enter prison pregnant. What happens to the babies born in the correctional system? What happens to the children left behind, as their mothers serve out their sentences?
Podcast: Terrible, Thanks for Asking Episode #39: Natalie
Small Change in Illinois Prisons A Big Deal for Some New Moms Behind Bars. Breastfeeding in the visiting room: Illinois Department of Corrections said it would change its policy. A new directive for Logan Correctional now says that visitors and prisoners will have the ability to breastfeed.
Doula Support in Prison
Minnesota Prison Doula Project
The Birth Justice Project
MomMobile – Maternity Care Coalition
Alabama Prison Birth Project
Michigan Prison Doula Initiative
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
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
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
CHILDREN OF INCARCERATED PARENTS
American Bar Association: Center on Children and the Law > Project Areas > Parent Representation Written Materials
FREE (Freedom House Reentry Education and Employment Corp.) is a not-for-profit organization that provides wraparound services to formerly incarcerated adults, veterans and their children. Children With Incarcerated Parents (CWIP)
INFANT MENTAL HEALTH & BRAIN DEVELOPMENT
Zero to Three: "Early connections last a lifetime"
Vroom: "Using cutting-edge science to help parents unlock their brain-building powers"
Pathways.org provides FREE tools to maximize all children's motor, sensory, and communication developments
Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University: InBrief: The Science of Early Childhood Development. Watch the overview video
Words to Share with Parents of Newborns, a blog by Lurie Children’s Hospital
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
Families Organizing for Child Welfare Justice
Postpartum Depression Alliance of Illinois
Uptown Peoples Law Center
Survivors Alliance for Healing & Justice
Chicago Books to Women in Prison
IBJ RESOURCES ON GOOGLE DRIVE
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