Women prisoners, like women everywhere, have all kinds of family connections. We have heard so much about the women who have died behind bars, and we want to acknowledge that all of the women who have died had family. They were grandmothers, mothers, daughters, sisters and very dear friends of people on the outside as well as those behind the walls. Over the past few months, we have heard from many family members, who have spoken out about the conditions women prisoners and their families have to live under.
We dedicate this issue of The Fire Inside to the family members of those women who have died. Whether you are behind the walls or in the outside world, you keep the memory of these women alive through your anger, your grief and your love.