News and Updates
For people leaving prison, rebuilding a life is hard even without a pandemic:
Cynthia A. Golembeski explains in her PBS News Hour Article just how difficult rebuilding a life can be for previously incarcerated individuals, with or without the presence of a global pandemic. The media has certainly shone a light on prison populations in recent months as more than 64,000 inmates and workers have become infected with the coronavirus so far, killing hundreds, and some incarcerated people are being released ahead of schedule from COVID-19 hotspots. With or without media coverage, however, researchers have been finding that individuals leaving prison face enormous obstacles in their transition out of the correctional system in the form of over 44,000 indirect obstacles.
To read the full report, click here.
GOODWorks Participates In SB-13:
GOODWorks was proud to participate in the passing of SB-13 this past May! SB-13 called for the humane treatment of incarcerated women and transgender people in the Connecticut prison system. The push for change was sparked when news broke of a pregnant inmate forced into chains upon entering labor and culminated in the passing of this bill that allows for improving prenatal healthcare in the system as a whole. SB-13 also mandates that all female inmates be given feminine hygiene products at no personal expense, as well as sets a standard for the protection of transgender people in prison in regards to privacy. Read more about SB-13 here.
Women and Mass Incarceration
This 2019 Report details just how massive of a problem the United States decentralized criminal justice is and reveals the frustratingly hard to find and often altogether missing data on gender. In this article, we find a detailed view of the 231,000 women and girls incarcerated in the United States, and how they fit into the even broader picture of correctional control. Statistics clearly show that mass incarceration targets girls and leads to increased rates of recidivism. Of the girls confined in youth facilities, nearly 10% are held for status offenses, such as “running away, truancy, and incorrigibility”. Among boys, such offenses account for less than 3% of their confined population. These statistics are particularly troubling because status offenses tend to be simply responses to abuse. To read the full report, click here
A Growing Prison Population
Over the past quarter-century, there has been a profound change in the involvement of women within the criminal justice system. This is the result of more expansive law enforcement efforts, stiffer drug sentencing laws, and post-conviction barriers to reentry that uniquely affect women. Women now comprise a larger proportion of the prison population than ever before; the female prison population stands nearly eight times higher than its population count in 1980. More than 60% of women in state prisons have a child under the age of 18.1 Between 1980 and 2014, the number of incarcerated women increased by more than 700%, rising from a total of 26,378 in 1980 to 222,061 in 2014.
To read the full report, click here.
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Prison & COVID-19
With growing public attention to the problem of mass incarceration, people want to know about women’s experience with incarceration. How many women are held in prisons, jails, and other correctional facilities in the United States? And why are they there? While these are important questions, finding those answers requires not only disentangling the country’s decentralized and overlapping criminal justice systems but also unearthing the frustratingly hard to find and often altogether missing data on gender.
Health Information & Advisories
The CT Department of Corrections is continuously updating their statistics regarding inmates who have tested positive for COVID-19. Daily updated numbers can be found at the link above. Currently, our affiliate, York CI has experienced NO positive cases.
York Correctional Institute Statistics
York CI Website (For all updated information regarding prison statistics and COVID status click here)
August 2020: 511 inmates
$121.62 a day to house an inmate (read more)
5.5% of all CT inmates are housed at York