[act-ma] 3/30 DEMYSTIFYING “GENDER RESPONSIVE PRISONS”

Andrea Hornbein mononoke at 7gp.org
Tue Mar 27 18:39:24 PDT 2007


 
 


Media Advisory
For March 30, 2007                                                          
                              Contact:           Vanessa Huang
                                                                            
                                                                  
510-508-9106 

  
Women, Action, and the Media Hosts Press Briefing:
DEMYSTIFYING “GENDER RESPONSIVE PRISONS” 

 
WHEN:           Friday, March 30, 2007 at 4:00 pm EST
 
WHERE:         Stata Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
Cambridge
                    Room 32-155
 
WHO:             Justice Now, the country’s only teaching law clinic
dedicated to the needs of women in prison.
 
WHAT:           Women, Action, and the Media hosts a new series of briefing
sessions for journalists to hear from 
                       national and international experts about the latest
trends, information, and thinking on select 
                        issues which have a specific impact on women.
 
WHY:             There is a dangerous new national policy trend threatening
to radically expand the reach of 
                       imprisonment and its harms on women and transgender
people from communities of color and 
                        low-income communities. In a political climate where
public opinion increasingly is opposed to 
                        prison construction and spending, this trend
exploits the needs of people in women’s prisons by 
                        using a theory of "gender responsiveness"
purportedly aimed at improving women's lives to foster 
                        public support for prison expansion via mini prisons
spun to the public as "community-based" 
                        and "alternatives to incarceration."


PHOTO OP:   34 foot long scroll containing signatures of over 3,000 people
in women’s prisons opposing this
policy trend.







 
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