Senator Kamala D. Harris is taking an active lead in bringing restorative justice to women in prison. She delivered remarks recently at the Justice Action Network’s “Women Unshackled” Conference, a bipartisan event held to address the drastic increase in the female prison population. During her remarks, Harris discussed the importance of reforming criminal justice policies that impact incarcerated women, focusing on prevention and the humane treatment of women during and after incarceration.
Senator Harris is cosponsor of the Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act, a bill that would make common-sense reforms to how incarcerated women are treated in federal prisons. She recently visited the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla, California, the largest women’s facility in the world. At the facility, Senator Harris was briefed on the unique conditions and needs of incarcerated women and discussed some of the common issues impacting women caught in our criminal justice system.