Women in prisons and jails are disproportionately survivors of domestic violence and abuse. This tells us a lot of important things about prisons and what they’re actually doing – as opposed to what we’ve been told they accomplish. The injustice is plain to see.
Trauma reshapes our minds and can stay with us the rest of our lives. It can influence our everyday reality. Many of these women not only experienced this abuse, but they were imprisoned for defending themselves from it! Prisons rarely consider this.
It’s not just about state laws or reforms aimed at sentencing, it’s a systemic issue that has to do with how we address these issues in our day to day lives. Many people need aid, healthcare, and assistance instead of punishment – and that requires complete transformation!