Posts Tagged Prisons

I Hear Them Breathing: Trans women, prison, and the limits of tolerance

2014 has been a decidedly double edged-sword of a year for trans women thus far. “Awareness,” that maddeningly vague but precious resource, has rained upon us like falling cherry blossom petals, right along with the false promises of that debauched liberal currency known as “tolerance.” That awareness has stretched across a long, polychromatic gauntlet, from the inspirations of Laverne Cox and Janet Mock, to a flowering of trans women’s lit, to the depredations of activism and social media gone horribly wrong, to, at long last, the daily struggles of our invisible sisterhood.

Where once the shadows of prison, border control, and policing were wide and deep enough to easily engulf armies of trans women, now a bright light is shining ...

2014 has been a decidedly double edged-sword of a year for trans women thus far. “Awareness,” that maddeningly vague but precious resource, has rained upon us like falling cherry blossom petals, right along with the false promises ...

Update: Connecticut Department of Children & Families continues abuse of trans girl


We published a guest post on Monday from ACLU staff attorney Chase Strangio about a crisis in Connecticut social services and imprisonment. Chase wrote about a trans girl failed by a series of institutions from childhood:


We published a guest post on Monday from ACLU staff attorney Chase Strangio about a crisis in Connecticut social services and imprisonment. Chase wrote about a trans girl failed by a series of institutions ...

How the Connecticut Department of Children & Families is failing a trans girl of color

Editor’s note: This is a guest contribution from Chase Strangio. Chase is a Staff Attorney with the LGBT & AIDS Project of the American Civil Liberties Union and the co-founder of the Lorena Borjas Community Fund.

Jessica* is a 16 year-old transgender girl. She has been in and out of the foster care and juvenile justice systems since early childhood, surviving unthinkable trauma and demonstrating resilience and strength. As a ward of the Department of Children and Families (DCF), DCF is her legal parent and guardian, responsible for her care and well-being. Jessica was also in the custody of the juvenile justice side of DCF following a delinquency adjudication; she has never been convicted of a crime or faced ...

Editor’s note: This is a guest contribution from Chase Strangio. Chase is a Staff Attorney with the LGBT & AIDS Project of the American Civil Liberties Union and the co-founder of the Lorena Borjas Community Fund. ...

Rich white man gets no jail time for raping his three-year-old daughter because he “will not fare well” in prison

*Trigger warning*

I can’t really imagine a story that more perfectly illustrates how totally broken the criminal “justice” system in the US is.

Robert H. Richards IV, a rich unemployed heir to a chemical baron fortune who lives off his trust fund, was convicted of raping his three-year-old daughter. He also allegedly admitted to abusing his toddler son. But a Delaware state Superior Court judge decided that he “will not fare well” in prison, so he should get probation and treatment instead

*Trigger warning*

I can’t really imagine a story that more perfectly illustrates how totally broken the criminal “justice” system in the US is.

Robert H. Richards IV, a rich unemployed heir to a chemical baron fortune who lives off ...

Angela Taught Me: Linking our Struggles Against Oppression

There’s a reason Angela Davis is regarded as one of the greatest thinkers of her (or any) generation. Here’s the revolutionary scholar and former political prisoner waxing poetic on a recent episode of Democracy NOW!

There’s a reason Angela Davis is regarded as one of the greatest thinkers of her (or any) generation. Here’s the revolutionary scholar and former political prisoner waxing poetic on a recent episode of Democracy NOW!

Punishing survivors won’t stop sexual violence

Earlier this week, the Daily News reported that a Cowlitz County, Washington survivor of an alleged kidnapping and sexual assault, perpetrated by her ex-boyfriend and an accomplice, was jailed when she refused to cooperate with the prosecutors on the case. The story didn’t rise to the forefront of feminist news until feminist writer Amanda Marcotte wrote a defense of the decision, arguing that the County did what it had to do to stop future violence.

The Cowlitz County case is awful, and I disagree with Marcotte’s conclusion, but neither is really an aberration from how we view criminal justice and victimhood. Two worrying parts of Marcotte’s piece implicate our larger national conversation about sexual violence: we mistakenly think survivors ...

Earlier this week, the Daily News reported that a Cowlitz County, Washington survivor of an alleged kidnapping and sexual assault, perpetrated by her ex-boyfriend and an accomplice, was jailed when she refused to cooperate with ...

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Consent-themed Valentine’s Day cards are cute, though.

“The revolution will not be cited.”

Lauren Chief Elk on Eve Ensler’s V-Day, Indigenous women, and the myth of shared gender oppression.

More from CIR on forced sterilizations of imprisoned people in California.

A remarkable history of five years of anti-violence organizing at Tufts.

TED backpedals on abortion stance after outrage sparked by Jessica’s piece in The Nation.

Dear Dept. of Labor: you probably don’t need two years to figure out that you should protect trans workers.

Send a STEM lady you love a math-o-gram.

Stop Street Harassment is fundraising for a national survey.

Consent-themed Valentine’s Day cards are cute, though.

“The revolution will not be cited.”

Lauren Chief Elk on Eve Ensler’s V-Day, Indigenous women, and the myth of shared gender oppression.

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