Doulas and Incarcerated Populations

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This chapter also aims to highlight reproductive justice as a powerful analytical and organizing tool. This framework is an alternative to prison reform work that does not sufficiently address issues of systemic oppression. Ultimately, the chapter is an opportunity to talk about how to use the reproductive justice framework as a strategy to move the dialogue away from debates about prison reform. As reproductive justice advocates and doulas, we believe that this framework forces us to examine the culture (white supremacy) and systems (e.g., police brutality, tough-on-crime laws, family surveillance and separation policies, etc.) that allow mass incarceration to exist where reproductive oppression is the norm, and not the exception.


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