WEBTREATS: Incarcerated Women

This list, prepared by the College Resource Center Librarians from other sources, is provided for information only.  Referral to these sites does not imply endorsement of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of either the organization or their contents, expressed views, programs, or political activities.   Further, the College does not endorse any commercial products that may be advertised or available from these organizations or on these websites. This list is not meant to be comprehensive; the exclusion of a site does not reflect the quality of that site.  Please note that sites and URLs are subject to change without warning.

American Civil Liberties Union – Prison Conditions
This ACLU website has information on prisoners’ rights and prison conditions. There is also information on shackling pregnant inmates available at http://www.aclu.org/blog/tag/shackling-pregnant-inmates.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
The College has resources on incarcerated women, including Committee Opinions on healthcare for pregnant and postpartum incarcerated women, reproductive healthcare for incarcerated women and adolescents, and shackling pregnant inmates.

American Correctional Association
The ACA accredits and publishes standards for correctional facilities and offers a corrections certification program. The website has information on conferences and workshops, online training, links to publications and research, and other resources.

American Correctional Health Services Association
The mission of ACHSA is to be the voice of the correctional health care profession. The website has information on conferences, local chapters, links to resources to other organizations, and position statements, including a statement on the use of shackles on pregnant inmates.

American Jail Association
This is a national, nonprofit organization that supports professionals who operate the nation’s local jails. The website has information on educational programs, including online, seminars, and conferences. There is also a link to American Jails magazine.

American Public Health Association – Policy Statements
APHA has many policy statements related to correctional health care, including Correctional Health Care Standards and Accreditation. They can be found by searching the Policy Statement Database.

Correctional Association of New York – Women in Prison Project (WIPP)
The WIPP works to create a criminal justice system that protects women’s rights and addresses women’s specific needs. The website has information on women and the criminal justice system, survivors of abuse and incarceration, families and incarceration, and HIV and health care in prison.

Just Detention International
This is an organization that works to end to end sexual abuse and rape of inmates in all forms of detention, whether committed by corrections staff or other inmates. The website includes information for survivors, including a resource guide and self-help resources, as well as fact sheets and other publications.

Maternal and Child Health Bureau – Incarcerated Women
The MCHB’s Women’s Health USA website has information, including data and statistics, on incarcerated women.

National Commission on Correctional Health Care
The mission of the NCCHC is to improve the quality of health care in jails, prisons, and juvenile confinement facilities. The organization publishes the Standards for Health Services guidelines for managing the delivery of medical and mental health care in correctional systems as well as other position statements and guidelines.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
The OJJDP supports states, local communities, and tribal jurisdictions in their efforts to develop and implement effective programs for juveniles, and sponsors research and training initiatives, sets policies, disseminates information, and awards funds to states to support local programming.

Society of Correctional Physicians
This is an organization for physicians working correctional settings. The website has information on education, resources, position statements, and more.

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics
The Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics has data about all aspects of criminal justice in the United States. The sourcebook is available online and is updated periodically.

U.S. Department of Justice
The U.S. Department of Justice enforces the laws of the United States. The website has links to DOJ agencies, publications and other resources, and more.

Bureau of Justice Statistics
The BJS collects, analyzes, publishes, and disseminate information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government. Statistics on these topics are published on the website.

Federal Bureau of Prisons
This agency oversees federal prisons. The website includes information on federal prisons, an inmate locator, and information on inmate matters such as female offender programs, medical care, mental health, and sexual abuse prevention and reporting.

National Institute of Corrections
The NIC provides training, technical assistance, information services, and policy/program development assistance to federal, state, and local corrections agencies, and awards funds to support its program initiatives.

Sentencing Project
This organization promotes reforms in sentencing policy, addresses racial disparities, and advocates for alternatives to incarceration. The website includes statistics and other resources on incarcerated women.

Women’s Prison Association
The WPA is a service and advocacy organization for women with criminal justice histories. The website includes information on programs and services, and other resources.

Position statements on shackling pregnant inmates:

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

American College of Nurse Midwives

American Correctional Health Services Association

American Medical Association

Association of Women’s Health Obstetrics and Neonatal Nursing

National Commission on Correctional Healthcare

jer last revised 3/25/14


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