Reforming Women's Prison Conditions

Reforming Women's Prison Conditions

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Abigail Thaiy started this petition to President Joseph R. Biden and

Provide unlimited access to free menstrual products. This would prevent the need for inmates to trade sex for period products because they can't afford them. It would prevent inmates from getting penalized for bleeding through clothes. Inmates wouldn't have to choose between spending money on menstrual products and buying a phone call with their family.
Implement gender-responsive correctionsThese corrections would mean less disciplinary tickets for minor violations of prison rules. Inmates would be given more freedom than discipline and punishment. The strict rules created for (more commonly) violent men would be rewritten to fit female inmates. With these corrections, officers would listen more to inmates' individual needs and ideas.
Opt for therapeutic solutions rather than punishment for broken rulesHarsh language and physical force is harmful for a patient’s recovery. Female inmates are likely to benefit more from receiving techniques on how to reduce self-blame, improve self-esteem, and create a safe environment than anger management. Women become more open when participating in a treatment program designed for females.
Teach basic skills that primarily women need to knowExamples of these skills include parenting, nutritional care, health care, accessing social services, accessing housing. Knowing these skills makes it easier for inmates to return to normal life following their release. 

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