Women’s Prison Activism Archives

The Barnard Center for Research on Women (BCRW) has put together an archive of writings related to women’s prison activism from the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. This public archive of fliers, reports, newsletters, pamphlets, and conference programs provides us with some historical reference of where we’ve been and how things have (or unfortunately haven’t) changed over the past few decades. You can access the archives and download the documents here .

Amnesty International. “Not Part of My Sentence”- Violations of the Human Rights of Women in Custody. Amnesty International, 1999.

This report is a direct presentation of statistics based on interviews with prisoners in California and outlines the human rights abuses experienced by incarcerated women in the United States. It profiles the female prison population, illuminating the discriminatory practices of the criminal justice system.