Don’t Forget: Next Week is Women in Prison Awareness Week!


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Jessi Hitchins

Women’s Resource Center, University of Alabama

(205) 348-5040

jlhitchins@sa.ua.edu

SHEDDING LIGHT ON THE WOMEN IN PRISON IN ALABAMA

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — January 4, 2010 —During the week of January 11 -15, the Women’s Resource Center will spread awareness about incarcerated women in Alabama. During Women in Prison Awareness Week, the UA community will have the opportunity to participate in a letter writing campaign to incarcerated women, a prison demonstration on the Quad, a panel discussion with professionals throughout the state, a brown bag lecture, and a movie showing..  Learn more about women’s imprisonment and find out how to help!

Each of the events is FREE of charge and are sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center, Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, Alabama Women’s Resource Network, University Union, University Programs and the Community Service Center.  A table will be set up in the Ferguson Center from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. throughout the week for UA community members to write to incarcerated women to help provide hope and strength during their time of need. Utensils, paper, envelops and stamps will be provided to participants.    

On Tuesday, January 12, the UA community can visit the Quad during 10:30 a.m. to1:30 p.m. to experience the visual depiction of Tutwiler Prison’s conditions. The demonstration will provide information about inmates, as well as demonstrate the overcrowded conditions in the women’s prisons. On Tuesday evening at 6:00p.m. in Ferguson 309, a panel discussion will be held featuring six experts from the state of Alabama who will speak about the current conditions that surround women’s imprisonment.

On Wednesday, January 13 at 12:30 p.m. in Manly 308, Catherine Roden-Jones, of the Alabama Women’s Resource Network, will speak about the issues surrounding women’s imprisonment in Alabama. Following the discussion, the movie Girl Trouble, which highlights the struggles of incarcerated women, will be shown in the Ferguson Theatre at 4:00 p.m..

For more information about the Women in Prison Awareness Week events, contact Jessi Hitchins at jlhitchins@sa.ua.edu.

Women’s Resource Center: The Women’s Resource Center provides outreach, services and advocacy to empower women and encourage their active and equal participation in the University and community. For more information, visit the Women’s Resource Center web site at http://wrc.ua.edu.

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