WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will hold a public briefing to evaluate the civil rights of women in prison, including deprivations of medical needs; implementation of the Prison Rape Elimination Act; and sufficiency of programs to prepare women for life after release. The Commission will examine discipline practices and the impact on families when women are jailed far from home or parental rights are terminated despite a caregiving role. Incarceration rates for women have increased dramatically since the 1970s ? far outpacing those of men - and investigations have long shown that women in U.S. prisons suffer different experiences and deprivations than men - in a system not designed for them.
Commissioners will hear from state and federal corrections officials, women who have experienced incarceration, academic and legal experts, and advocates. The Commission will issue a report from this investigation. Confirmed panelists include:
Friday, February 22, 2019
U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, National Place Building, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 1150, Washington, DC 20425
Invited Panelists: 9:00 am ? 4:00 pm Eastern Time (ET)
Open Comment Session (Public Testimony): 5:00 ? 6:00 pm
Chair Catherine E. Lhamon will be available for press interviews.
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, established by the Civil Rights Act of 1957, is the only independent, bipartisan agency charged with advising the President and Congress on civil rights and reporting annually on federal civil rights enforcement. Our 51 state Advisory Committees offer a broad perspective on civil rights concerns at state and local levels. For information about the Commission, please visit www.usccr.gov and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
Contact: Brian Walch
SOURCE U.S. Commission on Civil Rights