Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Drugging of Women in Prisons is all too Real! Salon Article..Must Read

So this article came across my Twitter feed and immediately rang bells. If one has ever had the unfortunate opportunity to spend time behind bars you would be privy to "Med Call" and noticed the high count of those receiving psychotropic drugs.


A report issued earlier this month by the Center for Investigative Reporting revealed that doctors have sterilized as many as 148 women inmates in California prisons during the five-year period from 2006 to 2010. As a feminist and a mother, my initial response to the report was fury at the prison system for its blatant disregard of women’s rights and sadness for the women who will never again be able to carry, birth, nurse and raise their children. As a sociologist who works with criminalized women in Massachusetts, my second response (I am ashamed to say) was relief: Here in Massachusetts, with our top universities and progressive politics, such a thing would never happen.


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