Everyone incarcerated has on average 8 traumas in their history. If someone commits a crime, that's a symptom of a deeper issue. There is not a crime problem, there is a mental health problem. 


At the federal level, people incarcerated on a drug conviction make up half the prison population. 


The United States holds 30% of the world’s incarcerated women. We shackle them while giving birth. We often place them hundreds of miles away from their children – further inhibiting the healthy development of their children. And we force them to make draconian choices, like whether to use commissary funds to call home, or purchase sanitary pads.

We prey upon those who have been traumatized, and instead of releasing them back into society rehabilitated, we re-traumatize them.


The number of incarcerated women has increased by 700% since 1980. 

US Senators Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren introduced the Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act, which seeks common sense reforms to how women are treated in the federal prison system. 

Learn more, join the movement and the sign the petition here.


Education and rehabilitation is the solution

Rates of ricidivism based on education:

67% no education

13% little education

5% bachelor's degree

0% masters degree


JustLeadershipUSA -- JustLeadership is doing incredible work with formerly incarcerated community leaders across the country. To learn more about the campaign to #CLOSErikers, visit closerikers.org.  

JLUSA has multiple ways to get involved over the coming weeks. 

November 7: protesting Mayor de Blasio at his polling site

November 8: JLUSA will be having its annual fundraising gala, featuring Shaun King. 

November 14: JLUSA and other great criminal justice groups from across the City are hosting a debate for the next Speaker of the NYC Council. 


Beyond the Box Initiative -- If you or someone you know is part of the Columbia University System, Beyond the Box is support system for prospective and current Columbia students who have been impacted by the criminal justice system. Email: beyondtheboxcolumbia@gmail.com


Liberation Prison Yoga -- For anyone who might want to get involved, Liz is the best contact: liz@liberationprisonyoga.org. Follow them on Facebook & Instagram @liberationprisonyoga 


#cut50 -- Senators Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren introduced the Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act. The Dignity Act seeks common sense reforms to how women are treated in the federal prison system. Share their beautiful campaign on social media. 


The Fortune Society -- The Fortune Society has a wealth of information and educational materials about the criminal justice system. Follow them on Facebook & Instagram @FortuneSociety


Preparing Leaders of Tomorrow (PLOT) -- Check out the website for additional information regarding mentorship opportunities and ways in which you can provide support and resources to PLOT mentees in NYC.


Prosecutor Impact -- Adam Foss' organization is doing amazing work with prosecutors and at-risk youth.

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