It is my pleasure to invite you to the Select Committee on Incarcerated Women’s first hearing on October 16, 2019 from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. at the Beit T'Shuvah Temple (8831 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90034).
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The national conversation regarding prison reform and abolition focuses on men, leaving incarcerated women in the shadow. As I researched facts and figures about the state of incarcerated women, I learned that their lived experiences are often marked by astonishing hardship such as substance abuse, mental illness, trauma, domestic violence, and sexual abuse.
Through chairing the Select Committee on Incarcerated Women, I plan to build a coalition of stakeholders that will share knowledge, expertise, and resources to craft legislation and policy that will make a difference in the livelihood and success of all incarcerated women and men.
Our first hearing will have two panels. The first will feature formerly incarcerated women sharing their experiences and journeys leading up to their incarceration. The second panel will include professionals within the criminal justice system sharing their ideas for reform, and the obstacles they’ve faced along the way.
I can’t wait to build concrete solutions to a problem that affects too many women and the communities they call home.