The time for change is NOW!
Read & share the public health research on the ways that women’s prison s harm health and the investments California could be making instead. humanimpact.org/HealthNotWomensPrisons
This new report, “From Crisis to Care: Ending the Health Harm of Women’s Prisons,” documents the many ways that incarceration in women’s prisons harms the health of cisgender women and transgender, gender-variant, and intersex people and recommends health-promoting community supports we could be investing in instead.
California has already taken significant steps towards reducing its carceral footprint by decreasing its women’s prison population by 70.8% through state policy changes. Folsom State Prison women’s units have already been emptied, and the facility is set to close down in 2023.
But we MUST do more! California has a chance to lead the nation in ending the harm caused by incarceration. We can close the two remaining women’s prisons, release the small fraction of the state’s incarcerated population who are housed there, and invest the MILLIONS budgeted for these prisons into community-based programs that promote health and prevent incarceration. By doing this, we can provide essential support services for successful reentry into society.
It’s time to shift – #FromCrisis2Care!