New York Liberty Addresses Women’s Health in Prison with ‘Forgotten Behind Bars’

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Lack of Care, Access to Women’s Hygiene Products

According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), women in prison maintain high levels of mental illness and trauma history, higher likelihood of having minor children and unique reproductive and health care need. These and other factors create physical, medical and psychological challenges.

Post-Imprisonment Challenges

The trauma of incarceration doesn’t end when a woman is released from prison. Panelist Norah Yahya, who was released in 2019 after a 20-year sentence, brought up her difficulties interacting with men once she was released.

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Lauren Styx

Lauren Styx is a health magazine editor and freelance writer based in Chicago. Her storytelling explores health, culture, sustainability and the ways in which those areas intersect.

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