A recent report, entitled Women in Prison: Seeking Justice Behind Bars, takes an in-depth look at federal civil rights protections for incarcerated women. The report, conducted by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, covers a range of issues incarcerated women face, including access to healthcare, prevention of sexual assault, discipline and segregated housing, parental rights, and availability of programming.
The Commission’s research includes examination of high rates of a history of trauma reported by incarcerated women, as well as policies responsive to this trauma. “The evidence and testimony presented to the Commission presented a dire picture of the conditions of confinement for incarcerated women. We urge Congress and the Department of Justice to take immediate action to ensure that correctional officials do not violate the rights of incarcerated women,” said the report’s Chair Catherine E. Lhamon.