Women and Prison

Women and Prison: A Site for Resistance makes visible women’s experiences in the criminal justice system. Documenting these stories is integral to this project of resistance. The stories are supported by a collection of resources, such as organizations, reports, essays, and links to a wide range of information on women and prison.

Breaking Free

To educate and provide services to women and girls who have been victims of commerical sexual exploitation (prostitution/sex-trafficking) and need assistance escaping the violence in their lives.

GEMS – Girls Educational and Mentoring Services

Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS) is the only organization in New York State specifically designed to serve girls and young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking.

My Sisters’ Place

For more than 34 years, My Sisters’ Place (MSP) has worked to end violence in intimate relationships and combat the effects of domestic violence and human trafficking on survivors and children throughout Westchester County. MSP is a cutting edge leader and resource in the field of domestic violence and human trafficking advocacy, shelter and legal services, and education and prevention.

National Clearing House in Defense of Battered Women

Through its work, the organization aims to increase justice for — and prevent further victimization of — arrested, convicted, or incarcerated battered women. The National Clearinghouse works with battered women who have been arrested and are facing trial, as well as those who are serving prison sentences.

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

The Mission of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) is to organize for collective power by advancing transformative work, thinking and leadership of communities and individuals working to end the violence in our lives.

New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

The New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (Coalition) is a not-for-profit membership organization whose mission is to eradicate domestic violence and to ensure the provision of effective and appropriate services to victims of domestic violence through community outreach, education, training, technical assistance and policy development.


Video and Books

Crime After Crime

Directed by the talented Yoav Potash, Crime After Crime chronicles the experience of Deborah Peagler, a California woman charged with murder in the 1st degree, for her role in the death of her abusive boyfriend. After being threatened with the death penalty, Debbie was sentenced to 25 years to life without ever having a trial. 20 years after she languished in prison, California passed a law allowing incarcerated survivors of abuse to reopen their cases. The documentary follows the story of Debbie and her two pro-bono rookie attorneys, as they encounter the corrupt and politically driven twists and turns of the criminal justice system.

Crime After Crime – Trailer (HD 1080p) from Crime After Crime on Vimeo.

Defending Our Lives

Defending Our Lives is a recent Oscar® winning documentary about the magnitude and severity of domestic violence in this country. This educational video features four women imprisoned for killing their batterers and their terrifying personal testimonies. Click here to watch a clip and find out more about the film.

Sin by Silence

Sin by Silence goes inside the California Institution for Women, the first inmate initiated and led group in U.S.prison history, shatters the misconceptions of domestic violence.

Convicted Women Against Abuse (CWAA) was created in 1989 to help women inside prison break the silence about abuse and learn more about what they needed to do to help others stop the cycle of violence. Instead of fighting a system that does not fully comprehend the complexities of abuse, the women of CWAA led an initiative to help educate the system. Through careful orchestration of letter writing campaigns, media coverage, and senate hearings a movement was born and laws for battered women were changed. And for the founder of CWAA, the flicker of hope begins to grow as her possible freedom, after 26 years in prison, lies moments away.

My Sister’s Keeper, A Book for Women Returning Home From Prison or Jail

My Sister’s Keeper, A Book for Women Returning Home From Prison or Jail, is a unique compilation of the words and experiences of women from New York in various stages of returning home from incarceration. My Sister’s Keeper offers peer-to-peer guidance, strength and hope to help women in re-entry cope with challenges of reclaiming their lives. Click here to dowload My Sister’s Keeper.