Women in Prisons are often Women in Shadow

Archive for February, 2016

Black woman dies of thirst after she was dragged out of SC hospital to jail over unpaid court fines


Women on Death Row

Voices from Solitary: “I Am Somebody’s Daughter”


Voices from Solitary: “I Am Somebody’s Daughter”

The following account is by Nicole Natschke, who is currently held in the segregation unit at Illinois’s Logan Correctional Facility, about three hours south of Chicago. Logan was repurposed from a men’s prison to imprison women from the shuttered Dwight and Lincoln Correctional Centers. The prison, which has a rated capacity of 1,106, currently holds 1,950 people. A December 2014 report by the John Howard Association described the dismal conditions at the “overcrowded [and] underresourced” prison.

Natschke was originally scheduled to be released in December 2014 after 14 months in prison, but her segregation sentence extended her time in prison. Shortly after her arrival in segregation, a woman in the adjoining cell committed suicide. Her account, titled “Solitary Confinement Is Torture,” shows that even a few weeks or months in solitary confinement can have dire…

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Chelsea Manning

Sarah Reed was a tragic victim of how the prison system treats women