Theresa Livengood, who is serving a life sentence at the Lowell Correctional Facility, breaks down in tears as she talks about the facility.
Breaking News Crimes Against Women Inmates Women's Prisons

DOJ Investigates a Florida Women’s Prison Following Claims of Sexual Abuse

An investigation is open by the Department of Justice (DOJ) against Lowell Correctional Institution, based on complaints of sexual misconduct and other abuses in the Florida women’s prison. An investigation has been opened by the the US Federal DOJ. It  follows the complaints of sexual misconduct and other abuses filed by the women inmates. The Read More…

An opium addict sitting on her bed with her knees close to herself as she hides her face in a cloth.
Breaking News Prison Health Issues Women's Prisons

Philadelphia Women’s Prison Tries Bold Experiment Giving Inmates Opioids

Philadelphia Women’s Prisons prescribing synthetic opioids to inmates upon release. Experiment is in the hopes to reduce fatal overdoses after release. According to the scientific journal Drug and Alcohol Dependency, a third of inmates die from an overdose of heroin after being released from prison. For a city where opioid overdose is already high, the Read More…

The illinois Women’s Task Force Initiative seeks to decrease the number of women in the state's prisons.
Breaking News Women's Prisons

Illinois Task Force Established to Reduce Women’s Prison Population

Illinois Department of Corrections has implemented the Women’s Task Force Initiative. The main purpose of the all women-led group is to help reduce the state’s population of women of IDOC prisons. The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the entire world. According to the chart below from Statista, the number of US prisoners Read More…

The shot of a housing unit in the State Correctional Institution at Phoenix in Collegeville, Pennsylvania.
Latest News Mass Incarceration Prison Kids Women's Prisons

Pennsylvania DOC Transfers Thousands While Black Caucus Speaks

Pennsylvania begins transferring thousands of male inmates to new facility, as legislators plan new reform bills for women in prisons in Pennsylvania.   More than 2600 inmates serving their sentences in a Pennsylvania prison are being relocated to a new facility. The former facility has been hosting inmates for the last 89 years. The transfer Read More…

Offender Monnek Hall, left, spends time with her daughter Ayona Hall, age 13..
Latest News Parenting from Behind Bars Women's Prisons

As Women Inmate Population Increases, So Do the Problems on the Inside

The population of women behind bars increases for their non-violent offenses. With 80% of them mothers, there is little support for their kids and families. It’s no secret the United States has a problem with mass incarceration. While we account for only 4.4% of the world’s population, our prison population makes up 23% of the Read More…

A group of mothers in prison with their infant children.
Latest News Parenting from Behind Bars Women's Prisons

Babies Behind Bars: The Positive Results of Prison Nurseries

Due to prison populations of women increasing, programs are starting to be created for mothers and their babies. Prisons with nurseries are one solution. Raising a child is one of the most rewarding yet challenging things a person can experience. It becomes even more of a challenge doing it alone…while in prison. That is exactly Read More…

Women Behind Bars TV Series
Latest News Recidivism in the US Women's Prisons

Women Behind Bars: Drug Addiction & Lack of Resources Perpetuate Recidivism Cycle

Women Behind Bars is a prison TV series that reveals drugs is the main reason ladies return back to jail over and over again. Without resources or drug programs to help them, the cycle continues. A lifetime of drug dependency keeps sending thousands of American women back to jails. Many of these incarcerated women have Read More…

Hair Design program at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Oregon
Latest News Re-Entry Programs & Jobs Women's Prisons

Beauty Is More Than Skin Deep in Prison: Women’s Survival Depends on Self Care

Prisons were designed for male inmates. Rehabilitation programs for women prisoners often exist under an abuse of power in male-centered prison facilities. Women inmates need access to programs designed specifically to empower, not abuse. In the last twenty years, the population of inmates who are women has increased by 700%. There are currently over 220,000 Read More…

Wakeshia Wilson was found dead in her Los Angeles jail cell. Her loved ones do NOT believe it was suicide.
Breaking News Crimes Against Women Inmates Prison Suicides & Deaths Videos & Audios

Wakeisha Wilson’s Family Challenges LAPD Over Her Questionable Death (Video)

Wakeisha Wilson died in 2016 in police custody. Initially, her death was ruled as suicide. Her family and the Black Lives Matter Los Angeles members rejected Wilson had committed suicide while in custody. A meeting at the LAPD turned ugly when Wilson’s aunt threw her cremated ashes at the Police Chief, so she can “stay Read More…

Corrections Officers Arrested for Sexual Misconduct at NJ Women's Prison
Crimes Against Women Inmates

Out With The Old In With The New: Bittersweet Reactions to Gary Lanigan’s Retirement

Gary Lanigan, New Jersey’s corrections commissioner, is retiring from his position. An appointed spokesman refused to comment on why. This comes months after his renomination was stalled due to an ongoing investigation into the sexual abuse allegations at the state New Jersey’s women’s prison. What’s the Deal with New Jersey Corrections Commissioner Gary Lanigan? Gary Read More…