Push for Criminal Justice Reform for Women this Mother's Day

The incarceration rate of women has risen by 900 percent since 1977, and 80 percent of those women are mothers. Women in prison face unique challenges overlooked by both the criminal justice system and the subsequent efforts to reform and improve the system. Even though incarcerated women are more likely than incarcerated men to have a child relying on them for financial and emotional support, women have extra challenges to actually having visits with their kids.

This Mother’s Day, urge your Senators to pass the Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act, which would outlaw the practice of shackling pregnant women during child birth, and knock down some of the barriers of finance and distance that prevent children from visiting their mothers in federal prison.

“I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me” (Matthew 25:36).

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Push for the Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act this Mother's Day

Dear [Decision Maker],

This Mother's Day, I urge you to push forward the Dignity Act. The incarceration rate of women has risen by 900 percent since 1977, and 80 percent of those women are mothers. This legislation would begin to address some of the unique challenges that women in federal prison face.

With constraints of finance, legislation, and distance, the New Testament admonition to "visit the prisoner" has become harder and harder to live out, especially if the prisoner happens to be your mother.

This bill would increase visitation rights, remove steep fees for phone calls and video calls, stop the practice of shackling pregnant women during labor, and ensure that primary caregivers are placed in prisons as close to their children as possible.

This Mother's Day, extend grace and dignity to incarcerated mothers.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]
[Your Email]