Women and Girls in the Criminal Justice System, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Sixteenth Congress, First Session, July 16, 2019   [open pdf - 1MB]

This is the July 16, 2019 hearing on "Women and Girls in the Criminal Justice System," held before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security of the Committee on the Judiciary. From the opening statement of Karen Bass: "Today's hearing begins a discussion about women in the criminal justice system. It is critical that we understand how and why women become involved in the system, what happens to them when they are incarcerated, and what their trajectory is once released. We need to examine the impact of the war on drug-related policies, that specifically targeted women in hopes of capturing men. What happens to families, and especially children, when women are incarcerated? We need to examine the special needs women have when they are incarcerated, what is different? What are is different? What happens to their children while they are in the system, and when they are released? [...] We must also consider methods of reviewing extremely long sentences, as the number of women serving life sentence is on the rise. One out of every 15 women in prison, nearly 7,000, is serving a life, or virtual life sentence. While 80 percent of women in the criminal justice system are mothers, these life sentences do not only affect the person incarcerated, but they also affect the children who lose a parent. [...] Finally, we cannot ignore the conditions of women in prison and the difficulties of their reentry back into communities after release. I hope to explore how we can improve the conditions of women incarcerated to ensure that their most basic needs are met, including the needs of incarcerated pregnant women. Any facility that incarcerates women must be held to minimal standards of care." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jesselyn McCurdy, Cynthia Shank, Piper Kerman, Aleks Kajstura, and Patrice Lee Onwuka.

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