BY Alexa Salvato
on Jul 31, 2015
Today in stories about complete violations of a woman’s bodily autonomy: a pregnant Alabama woman in prison was seeking an abortion, and Alabama tried to take away her parental rights.
According to ThinkProgress, an adult woman identified as Jane Doe sought an abortion before she was taken into prison and requested furlough to leave long enough for the procedure to be conducted. The story reached peak media attention on Wednesday, July 29, but by Wednesday afternoon, she reportedly changed her mind about the decision. "After much consideration and counsel, I ... Read More
BY Marissa Dubecky
on Apr 14, 2015
Emmy-award winning director Elizabeth Rohrbaugh met Carlene Borden when she was 65 years old and had already served over three decades in a Missouri prison for the murder of her husband, Delbert. The court refused to enter the years of physical, verbal, and emotional abuse she endured at Delbert's hands into evidence. It didn’t consider the time he severely beat their daughter, following her recent spinal surgery. It failed to acknowledge the fact that every time he walked into a room, their son would wet his pants in fear. Read More
BY Marissa Dubecky
on Feb 25, 2015
On Monday, 46 year old Kelly Renee Gissendaner will become the first woman in Georgia to be executed since 1924. Gissendaner was sentenced to death after reportedly convincing her lover to murder her husband, and is scheduled to die by lethal injection. Though Gissendaner’s march to the end of death row will end in just a few days, other women will still be living in anticipation of their own executions.
Emilia Carr, 30, and Tiffany Cole, 33, are both some of the youngest in line for the death penalty, but they prefer to call their present states “life row. Read More
BY Jamie Bogert
on Jan 23, 2015
In 2007, then 18-year-old Carmen Guadalupe Vasquez was sentenced to 30 years in prison for murder in El Salvador after suffering from a miscarriage. The mother of one was rushed to the San Bartolo National Hospital, a public health clinic, the day she faced complications with her second pregnancy. The doctors almost immediately called the police and arrested her under suspicion of murder. Read More
BY Julia Zdrojewski
on Dec 16, 2014
Warning: This post contains a few spoilers.
We at BUST know we aren’t alone in our Serial obsession. The popular podcast, which began in October, will have its final episode for this season on Thursday 12/18 and we want to have a conversation with you readers and listeners about how you think it will all end.
Let our Serial Study Group commence!
For those of you who may not know, Serial is a podcast hosted by journalist Sarah Koenig. Each week, Koenig walks the audience through aspects of the murder of Hae Min Lee, a high school senior in Baltimore who was killed in 1999. Read More
BY Gwen Berumen
on Jul 29, 2014
21 states have signed bills that deem it illegal to handcuff women while in labor and immediately after; however, correctional officers have taken on their own measures to “protect” citizens from these offenders. Despite what doctors have called life-threatening to both mother and child, women are still routinely shackled during and immediately after labor.
A New York Times article written by Audrey Quinn depicts this as regular part of the birthing process in prison. Read More
BY Emma Tilden
on Jul 22, 2014
On June 24th, troubled inmate Jane Doe assaulted yet another staff member and destroyed property in the Connecticut adult women’s prison where she had been detained in solitary confinement for 78 days. After the appeals of her lawyer and supporters, she was once again relocated, this time to a psychiatric center. Then, when she was formally accused of assault, she was relocated again, this time to Connecticut’s Juvenile Training School in Middleton, the state’s only secure facility for delinquent boys.
Yep, you read that right. Read More
on Jun 12, 2014
After watching both season 1 and 2 of Orange is the New Black I couldn’t help but compare the events of the show and the dynamic between the female prisoners with my experience attending an all-girls school for 7 years. Read More
BY Gwen Berumen
on Jun 10, 2014
Like the rest of you, I was incredibly excited to binge watch (and complete) the second season of Orange Is the New Black on Netflix this past weekend. There has been a significant shift from character-based story lines to episodes revolving around daily prison operations and how they inflict hardships on the female prisoners. The changed not only made sense, but worked very well. Read More
BY Kat Hamilton
on Nov 14, 2013
Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has been relocated to a penal colony in Siberia to finish out her 2-year sentence. Russian Ombudsman Vladimir Lukin confirmed her transfer to The Associated Press on Tuesday. Nadezhda is serving her sentence for “Hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” after the band staged an anti-government performance at Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior. Read More