Is criminal justice still failing women?

This Al Jazeera America piece brings to focus the idea that incarcerated women who are deemed “violent” have not been represented in the mainstream press and pushes the question whether alternatives to incarceration should be considered for murderers. Is there a way, at the outset, to reduce sentences for women who commit crimes because they…

A week of potential positives for sentencing alternatives

What a full week of alternative sentencing news. Following yesterday’s report from the Vera Institute discussing alternatives to incarceration, Tamar Kraft-Stolar of the Correctional Association of New York released today a fresh, 186-page report on the condition of women in prison today. Health care, particularly reproductive health, is of huge concern. Because a woman is incarcerated, she is not allowed adequate…