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

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Women on Death Row


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

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

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

A young woman with profound mental health problems should have been given help. Instead, she was let down by every authority she encountered

‘Sarah Reed’s story could well be that of so many women in prison today who have experienced bereavement and abuse.’
‘Sarah Reed’s story could well be that of so many women in prison today who have experienced bereavement and abuse.’ Photograph: Lee Jasper

An Inspector Calls describes how a young woman is let down by authority figures. The morality play lambasts powerful individuals for exploiting and abusing a woman who dies in abject misery. I was reminded of it this week on hearing about the death of Sarah Reed, who appears to have taken her own life while on remand at Holloway prison in north London following years…

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