In Solidarity Fighting Racial Injustice: As researchers who gather data in order to advocate for reproductive health care for people behind bars, the ARRWIP team recognizes the murders of unarmed Black and Brown people as acts of violence by law enforcement that have centuries’ long history in this country. Such police violence and the systemic racism and white supremacist structures from which it arises are-- and always have been-- public and individual health crises. And they are the same forces that have shaped mass incarceration, which disproportionately confines and harms Black and Brown communities. This is why the work we do is not merely about improving reproductive health services in carceral institutions—it is connected to the broader work of reproductive and racial justice that seeks to dismantle our reliance on institutions of incarceration, to dismantle racism within health care institutions and beyond. We support Black Lives Matter, and stand in solidarity with others opposing racism in all its forms.
We support efforts to de-populate institutions of incarceration as a sound public health measure to protect the wellbeing of people behind bars-- especially for pregnant people. Read ARRWIP director Carolyn Sufrin's op-ed in USA Today on why we should be prioritizing pregnant folks for release during COVID-19.
We recommend the following resources to learn more about COVID-19 and incarcerated people: