August 16, 2017: JHA Statement on the Federal Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act
In July of 2017 the Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act, S. 1524, was introduced by U.S. Senators Corey Booker (NJ), Kamala Harris (CA), Elizabeth Warren (MA) and Illinois’ senior Senator Richard Durbin. As Illinois’ only independent, non-partisan prison watchdog and advocate for a fair, humane and effective criminal justice system, the John Howard Association of Illinois (JHA) applauds this step. Many of the changes proposed in this Act for the federal prison system echo recommendations that JHA and others have long advocated for within Illinois, recognizing the need for greater supports for women, parents, families and children affected by incarceration. Read more.