About

The Alliance for Incarcerated Women (AIW) will provide health, legal and family services to incarcerated women. Our overall goal is to respond to the lack of resources and comprehensive support available to incarcerated women. Additionally, we aim to ameliorate the negative effects these realities have on the health, well-being, and relationships of these women, as well as on their families. The insufficient services for incarcerated women have profound and lasting negative effects.


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Increase in Incarcerated Women

Between 2010 and 2022, the number of women in prison surged by 42%. Between 1980 and 2021, the number of incarcerated women increased by 500% – from from 87,834 to 126,259.

Among women in local jails across the country, 70% are detained pre-conviction, awaiting court or for other reasons.

The Need

The human cost of inadequate support for incarcerated women is immeasurable. Denied proper healthcare, legal assistance, and family connections, they face increased health risks, emotional distress, and family breakdown. These consequences ripple through communities, impacting children, spouses, and support networks. Investing in this initiative is about preventing these harmful effects and promoting sustainable well-being.

Silence and inaction amplifies the suffering.


Invest in incarcerated women’s well-being and break the cycle of harm for families and communities.

The Alliance for Incarcerated  will achieve meaningful change for the conditions, experiences, and outcomes of women in prison and their families


Medical Services

67% of women in jails and 63% of women in prisons report chronic health conditions. Women in prison face challenges in accessing quality healthcare, limited access to medical facilities and medical professionals. The constant stress of the prison environment can exacerbate chronic health conditions, increase susceptibility to illness, and hinder wound healing. The lack of timely and effective healthcare interventions worsens health outcomes, potentially impacting women’s well-being for years to come.

Legal Services

Women in prison grapple with dangerous lack of access legal aid due to financial limitations, scarce resources, and systemic hurdles. Facing unique legal challenges, often unaware of their rights, many women are trapped in a justice gap. Without legal assistance, incarcerated women are more likely to experience unfair treatment, extreme sentence lengths, and denial of parole or clemency. They are often unable to understand complex legal documents and navigate administrative processes, leaving them disadvantaged within the system exacerbating existing power imbalances and hindering their well-being. Unresolved legal issues cause women to face a higher risk of unemployment and housing instability, increasing the likelihood to recidivate.

Family Reunification Services

Women in prison have limited access to visitation. Support programs hinder efforts to maintain meaningful connections and parent-child relationshipsLimited visitation opportunities, inconsistent communication channels, and the emotional strain of incarceration can significantly weaken family relationships. Children of incarcerated women are at greater risk to be placed in foster care. They are also more likely to develop behavioral issues and emotional detachment due to the disruption caused by their mother’s confinement. This can pose significant challenges for both mothers and children upon reentry, as they attempt to rebuild family connections on unstable foundations.

We were forced to participate in our own degradation by smiling along at jokes made at our expense or apologizing for things we were not responsible for.

Jane Doe, Facility Name

The Alliance for Incarcerated Women seeks to create a a collective movement that will transform how  prison facilities provide the critical support women need. We believe these services will contribute to breaking the cycles of incarceration, and promote successful reintegration into society. Likewise, the lessons learned from this initiative will lead to a future where incarceration is not a path for marginalized individuals, but a last resort reserved for serious offenses.

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