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Incarcerated Young Mothers’ Bill of Rights: From a Vision to a Policy at San Francisco Juvenile Hall

Sophia Sanchez

in Interrupted Life

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780520252493
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944565 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520252493.003.0062
Incarcerated Young Mothers’ Bill of Rights: From a Vision to a Policy at San Francisco Juvenile Hall

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In November 2006, there was a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Juvenile Justice Center in San Francisco, and planners asked the Center for Young Women's Development (CYWD) to provide a speaker on the Incarcerated Young Mothers' Bill of Rights, which had recently become policy for the new facility. The Incarcerated Young Mothers' Bill of Rights is now policy and aims to protect the rights of pregnant and parenting young mothers at San Francisco's new juvenile hall. This chapter focuses on the Incarcerated Young Mothers' Bill of Rights, a ten-point visionary document that seeks to draw a thick, bright line that prison authorities dare not cross, even though the incarcerated women in question are young and particularly vulnerable. The incarcerated young mothers have identified respect, information, and access to advocates as conditions of their lives in prison that they cannot do without. They want to keep or regain their health. They take their status as mothers very seriously and want the prison authorities to do the same.

Keywords: Juvenile Justice Center; San Francisco; Center for Young Women’s Development; Bill of Rights; young mothers; incarcerated women

Chapter.  1597 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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