To pregnant women in prison

Are you currently incarcerated and pregnant? Have you had a miscarriage while inside? Have you given birth in the last year inside prison? Have you been trying to get into the mother-infant program (CPMP)? Do you have a family law issue regarding your young children?
We are currently interviewing women with very young children who have had problems with the mother-infant program, with health care while pregnant or immediately after, or with child custody/visitation/guardianship. We cannot possibly help every single woman who has an issue. But we can work together to see that these issues never happen to anyone else!
Please write to:
Karen Shain
Legal Services for Prisoners with Children
1540 Market St., #490
San Francisco, CA 94102

Disappointments with Prop 66 and Prop 69 Results

Anonymous, CCWF
Proposition 66 would have changed California’s three strikes law to require that only serious felonies could constitute a strike. ?Editors
Those opposed to Proposition 66 incited fear of burglars or of arson or murder. Of course no one wants to lose their life or have their belongings damaged. I am sure the same people who voted against Prop 66, if they were asked why do people commit crimes, would come up with answers other than just locking people up forever. A personal possession of drugs is an indication of an addiction, a solution to which is not a life sentence for a $25 rock!
Those opposed to Prop 66 were saying that Three Strikes is a good law because it looks at people’s prior record, not just the crime they committed this time. But if they finished their prison sentence and paid for their previous crime, whatever it was, how can you keep punishing them for it over and over?
There was a lot of excitement in our unit on Nov. 2, as the returns were coming in showing Prop 66 winning. The guards were nervous, just sitting in their room, probably worried about losing their jobs, while people were celebrating their possibility of getting out soon. We were all disappointed that it didn’t pass. The guards posted a huge sign on Nov. 3 saying, “No whining!”
Proposition 69, which passed with a 62% yes vote, expands the collection of DNA samples, for submission to the state database to include all convicted felons, some convicted non-felons, and also individuals arrested for certain offenses even if they are never charged with any crime. The expansion of the DNA collection will be funded by increasing the amount of criminal penalties associated with various offenses. Prop 69 will criminalize thousands more people, who are most likely to be people of color. It denies more people their basic rights to privacy and control over their own bodies under the guise of making the public ?safer?.

Asian Prisoners’ Revolution

A call for writings, poetry, and artwork from Asian prisoners across Amerika, initiated by Eddy Zheng, from a California Prison.
For the past 18 years, I’ve witnessed the steady rise of the Asian American population in the prison system, especially Southeast Asians. We’re left to survive by ourselves with minimum support from our families. That’s why I want to publish an anthology of Asian American prisoners’ writings. I want to give us an opportunity.
Please include a short bio about yourself with your submission.
Please send all submissions and inquiries to:
Asian Prisoners’ Revolution, c/o Freedom Bound Center, 4104 44th Street, Sacramento CA 95820
Tentative deadline: June 2005