Beyond Dignity: Evaluating the Status, and Future, of Incarcerated Mothers

Beyond Dignity: Evaluating the Status, and Future, of Incarcerated Mothers

This piece, published in the Berkeley Political Review, was written by our brilliant intern, Scout Turkel. "Imagining and building alternatives to incarceration is a first step towards realizing a justice which is tangible and sustainable, one which hears the pains of pregnant mothers as legitimate, one which fights for a future that is restorative, rather than punitive." The Dignity Act, if passed, will be a win for incarcerated…

WATCH: How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Timeline

WATCH: How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Timeline

One exposure dramatically increases the risk for 7 out of 10 leading causes of death in the United States. This threat is childhood trauma. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) include physical, emotional, or sexual abuse; physical or emotional neglect; parental mental illness, substance dependence, INCARCERATION; parental separation or divorce; or domestic violence. These early adversities actually affect the developing brains & bodies of children, altering the brain's physical chemistry, & its…

A 'hellish world': the mental health crisis overwhelming America's prisons

A 'hellish world': the mental health crisis overwhelming America's prisons

Let's rethink this: If the person you love most has a serious mental illness, would you want their primary treatment provider to be a prison? “Along with race and poverty, mental illness has become a salient feature of mass incarceration, one that must be accounted for in any discussion about criminal justice reform.” Dive into this article by The Guardian to learn more. Photo credit: Nearly half of the people…