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Women Prisoners: No Right to be a Mother

March 8, 2012 - 4:15pm
Assembly Room
Bechtel International Center
584 Capistrano Way

Free and open to all.

Women are the fastest growing population in the US prison system, outstripping men in all 50 states. When asked to describe mothers who are in prison, many would characterize them as hysterical and psychotic, or neglectful and heartless.  In essence, they face harsher standards– laboring under the burden of lives filled with violence, drug abuse, and poverty while at the same time, being measured against – and failing- the standard of the ideal mother.

That said, women are only a small part of the overall prison population, at around 7 percent.  So why focus on women prisoners?

The panel will feature Stanford Law Professor, Joan Petersilia, in conversation with leaders of non-profit organizations, to discuss this growing issue of women prisoners. The discussion will look at the realities of women’s incarceration today, including the impact on families, communities and recidivism, as well as possible solutions.

This event is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow.  This event is part of International Women's Week and is co-organized by the Women Donors Network.  The event is co-sponsored by Bechtel International Center, Spark SF, A New Way of Life, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, and Justice Now.

Prison panel handout

Event Sponsor: 
Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Bechtel International Center
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