#BlackWomenMatter: The fight to support incarcerated black women

By Jasmine M. Ellis

A Medill Newsmakers Report

There are 106,000 women in prison in the United States. But how does race factor into this? According to The Sentencing Project, the number of African-American women in prison was more than double that of white women in 2014.  This edition of Medill Newsmakers will examine how black women are affected by incarceration. We will specifically address what the process is like for some black women transitioning back into society. In addition, we will discuss what organizations are doing to support black women who are in and out of prison.


Photo at Top: A “Stop Killing Black Women and Girls” poster hangs on the wall during the Blood at the Root: Unearthing the Stories of State Violence Against Black Women event. (Jasmine M. Ellis/MEDILL)