Recommended Reading

Organized by publication date. Click on a category to expand the list.

  • Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women, 2019
  • Doubly Punished: Survivor Stories for Justice, Herstory Writers Workshop, 2018
  • I Dream About You: Stories of Addiction, Incarceration, and Family Love, Herstory Writers Workshop, 2016
  • Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women, Victoria Law, 2012
  • VOICES: Memoirs from Long Island’s Correctional Facilities, Herstory Writers Workshop, 2012
  • Inside This Place, Not of It: Narratives from Women’s Prisons, Ayelet Waldman and Robin Levi, 2011
  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, Piper Kerman, 2011
  • Interrupted Life: Experiences of Incarcerated Women in the United States, Rickie Solinger, Paula Johnson, Martha Raimon, Tina Reynolds, and Ruby Tapia, 2010
  • Memoirs from Herstory Inside Suffolk County’s Correctional Facilities, Herstory Writers Workshop, 2009
  • The Resilience of the Written Off: Women in Prison as Women of Change, Kathy Boudin, 2007 (posted with permission from the Women’s Rights Law Reporter and the author)
  • Couldn’t Keep It to Myself: Wally Lamb and the Women of York Correctional Institution (Testimonies from our Imprisoned Sisters), Wally Lamb, 2004
  • Alive Behind the Labels: Women in Prison, Kathy Boudin and Roslyn D. Smith, chapter in Sisterhood Is Forever: The Women’s Anthology for a New Millennium, Robin Morgan, 2003
  • Aging in Prison: Reducing Elder Incarceration and Promoting Public Safety, Center for Justice at Columbia University and Release Aging People in Prison (RAPP) Campaign, 2015
  • Life Goes On: The Historic Rise in Life Sentences in America, The Sentencing Project, 2013
  • Dignity Denied: The Price of Imprisoning Older Women in California, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, 2005
  • The Walls Are Closing In On Me: Suicide and Self-Harm in New York State’s Solitary Confinement Units 2015-2019, #HALT Solitary Confinement Campaign, 2020
  • Prison Within Prison: Voices of Women Held in Isolated Confinement in New York, Correctional Association of New York, 2018
  • Boxed In: The True Cost of Extreme Isolation in New York’s Prisons, New York Civil Liberties Union, 2012
  • How Incarcerated Parents Are Losing Their Children Forever, The Marshall Project, 2018
  • Who Pays? The True Cost of Incarceration on Families, Ella Baker Center, Forward Together, and Research Action Design, 2015
  • Separation by Bars and Miles: Visitation in State Prisons, Prison Policy Initiative, 2015
  • Prison, Foster Care and the Systemic Punishment of Black Mothers, Dorothy Roberts, 2012
  • Moving beyond generalizations and stereotypes to develop individualized approaches for working with families affected by parental incarceration, Phillip Genty, 2012
  • Mothers Behind Bars: A state-by-state report card and analysis of federal policies on conditions of confinement for pregnant and parenting women and the effect on their children, The Rebecca Project for Human Rights and National Women’s Law Center, 2010
  • Lessons from a Mother’s Program in Prison, Kathy Boudin, 2008
  • Part Two: Being a Mother from the Inside in Interrupted Life: Experiences of Incarcerated Women in the United States, Rickie Solinger, Paula Johnson, Martha Raimon, Tina Reynolds, and Ruby Tapia, 2010
  • Rebuilding Families, Reclaiming Lives: State Obligations to Children in Foster Care and Their Incarcerated Parents, Patricia E. Allard and Lynn D. Lu, 2006
  • Parenting from Inside/Out: The Voices of Mothers in Prison, Kathy Boudin and Rozann Greco, The Children’s Center, 1993 **NEED LINK**
  • The Facts Report: The Geography of America’s Dysfunctional & Racially Disparate Youth Incarceration Complex, No Kids in Prison, 2020
  • The Schools Girls Deserve: Youth-Driven Solutions for Creating Safe, Holistic, and Affirming Public Schools, Girls for Gender Equity, 2020
  • Cruel and Unusual: Sentencing 13- and 14-Year-Old Children to Die in Prison, Equal Justice Initiative, 2019
  • Youth Confinement: The Whole Pie 2019, Prison Policy Initiative, 2019
  • All Children Are Children: Challenging Abusive Punishment of Juveniles, Equal Justice Initiative, 2017
  • Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools, Monique Morris, 2016
  • Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced and Underprotected, Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies, and African American Policy Forum, 2015
  • Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: The Girls’ Story, Human Rights Project for Girls, Georgetown Law Center, and Ms. Foundation for Women, 2015
  • Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison, Nell Bernstein, 2016
  • An Unjust Burden: The Disparate Treatment of Black Americans in the Criminal Justice System, Vera Institute of Justice, 2018
  • Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color, Andrea J. Ritchie, 2017
  • Say Her Name: Resisting Policy Brutality Against Black Women, African American Policy Forum, 2015
  • Black Lives Matter: Eliminating Racial Inequity in the Criminal Justice System, The Sentencing Project, 2015
  • Race and Punishment: Racial Perceptions of Crime and Support for Punitive Policies, The Sentencing Project, 2014
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander, 2012
  • Policing the National Body: Race, Gender and Criminalization in the United States, Anannya Bhattacharjee and Jael Silliman, 2002
  • LGBTQ People Behind Bars: A Guide to Understanding the Issues Facing Transgender Prisoners and Their Legal Rights, National Center for Transgender Equality, 2018
  • Unjust: How the Broken Criminal Justice System Fails Transgender People, Center for American Progress & Movement Advancement Project, 2016
  • Coming Out of Concrete Closets: A Report on Black & Pink’s National LGBTQ Prisoner Survey, Black & Pink, 2015
  • Standing with LGBT Prisoners: An Advocate’s Guide to Ending Abuse and Combating Imprisonment, National Center for Transgender Equality, 2014
  • Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States, Joey Mogul, Andrea Ritchie, and Kay Whitlock, 2012
  • Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, National Center for Transgender Equality and National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce, 2011
  • “It’s War in Here:” A Report on the Treatment of Transgender and Intersex People in New York State Men’s Prisons, Sylvia Rivera Law Project, 2007

 

  • Sending New Yorkers to Jail: Police Unions, Campaign Contributions, and the Political Fight to Rollback Bail Reform, Center for Community Alternatives, Citizen Action of New York, and Public Policy and Education Fund of New York, 2020
  • Selling Off Our Freedom: How Insurance Corporations Have Taken Over Our Bail System, Color of Change and ACLU Smart Justice Campaign, 2017
  • Detaining the Poor: How money bail perpetuates an endless cycle of poverty and jail time, Prison Policy Initiative, 2016

 

  • Getting Back on Course: Educational Exclusion and Attainment Among Formerly Incarcerated People, Prison Policy Initiative, 2018
  • Boxed Out: Criminal History Screening and College Application Attrition, Center for Community Alternatives, 2015
  • Changing Minds: The Impact of College in a Maximum-Security Prison, Graduate Center of the City University of New York and Women in Prison at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, 2001

 

  • Out of Prison & Out of Work: Unemployment among formerly incarcerated people, Prison Policy Initiative, 2018
  • Helping Moms, Dads, and Kids to Come Home: Eliminating Barriers to Housing for People with Criminal Records, Legal Action Center and National HIRE Network, 2016
  • A Place to Call My Own: Women and the Search for Housing After Incarceration, Coalition for Women Prisoners, Women in Prison Project of the Correctional Association of New York, 2013
  • My Sisters Keeper: A Book for Women Returning Home from Prison or Jail, Women in Prison Project of the Correctional Association of NY, 2008
  • After Prison: Roadblocks to Reentry: A Report on State Legal Barriers Facing People with Criminal Records, Paul Samuels and Debbie Mukamal, 2004

“Too often, we are treated as passive – often problematic – objects of expert and institutional treatment. Yet, the most effective prevention and health care work has come through our own active involvement, from the development of AIDS education, counseling and support, to peer facilitated prenatal classes to other critical health-related initiatives.”

Judy Clark

in "Reproductive Injustice: The State of Reproductive Health Care for Women in New York State Prisons"