It takes 21 days to form a habit. 

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Week 3: Criminal Justice Reform
Today's Challenge: Women in Prison
Over the past 30 years, the trend of confining more women to federal, state and local correction facilities has exploded, increasing 700% since the 1990s. Today, we will discuss the impacts of antiquated healthcare policies, harsh disciplinary actions, and unmet needs of incarcerated and recently released women, and how these issues perpetuate a cycle of generational imprisonment, poverty and trauma for women and families.

We Challenge You To Take...

A recent study of 22 U.S. state prison systems and all U.S. federal prisons, found that roughly 3.8% of the women in their sample were pregnant when they entered prison. Read this article to see how prisons neglect pregnant women in their healthcare policies.
Listen to the findings of this report, which finds that in prisons across the U.S., women are disciplined more often than men and almost always for low-level, non-violent offenses.

Read this article on the cycle of poverty, trauma and the unmet needs of women in jail and post-release, to understand how the criminal justice system exploits poor and vulnerable women. 

Read this detailed report on 231,000+ women and girls incarcerated in the United States, and how they fit into the even broader picture of correctional control. The report answers the questions of why and where women are locked up.
YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley is especially committed to meeting the needs of incarcerated women through our Freedom Inside program. Freedom Inside is a unique program that provides trauma recovery support and re-entry support to female survivors of trauma and violence at the Knox County Detention Facility. This program was noted as an “innovative project” in the 2018-19 Office of Criminal Justice Program Annual Report. Read here for their full overview of the YWCA's Freedom Inside program. 

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Criminal Justice Reform Week Action Items

Consider this reentry program volunteer opportunity to help the recently incarcerated move into a successful life and become positive contributors to our community.

Since 2014, The Marshall Project has been curating some of the best criminal justice reporting from around the web. In these records you will find the most recent and the most authoritative articles on the topics, people and events that are shaping the criminal justice conversation. Explore this page full of videos, articles, etc., from various viewpoints on the prison system.
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