Monday numbers: A closer look at how Buncombe County women are criminalized for poverty and substance use
A new study finds authorities rely on police and jails to address low-level charges that don’t threaten public safety. Drug abuse and violence are experiences commonly shared among the women detained at the Buncombe County Jail, according to a study released last week by the Vera Institute of Justice. Of the 40 women surveyed in the Buncombe County Detention Center in September 2021, all but one said they struggled with drugs or alcohol use.
NC lawmakers introduce bipartisan bill to limit shackling of pregnant incarcerated women
North Carolina lawmakers filed a bill Tuesday to restrict the use of shackling of pregnant incarcerated women and new mothers, joining a slew of states that have filed or passed similar measures. HB 608, the Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act, seeks protection for pregnant women imprisoned or jailed. The bill would limit the use of […]