Not your typical yoga class

Let’s do some free-association here. When I say yoga, what comes immediately to your mind? You might picture a warm space, a mat, maybe a buddha statue or two. My personal memories of yoga classes include the soothing voice of a teacher, a lavender-scented eye...

3 Reasons Women’s Prisons Are Not Like OITNB

It’s the first question I get when people find out I work in a women’s prison: “Is it like Orange is the New Black?” Sometimes the question makes me laugh; sometimes it makes me sigh. The fact is, answering that question is more complicated...

Stories to remember

I’ve spent the past two and a half years volunteering in women’s prisons. When people ask what exactly I do there I answer: “I listen.” Yes, of course I do a lot of other things. Motherhood Beyond Bars has grown exponentially since we began as...

Female Incarceration 101

Women are the fastest-growing incarcerated population in the United States. According to the Institute on Women and Criminal Justice, female incarceration has grown by a whopping 800% in the past three decades. Most of this increase in imprisoned women is due to...

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