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Incarcerated women, girls suffer abuse and neglect in criminal justice system

New Pittsburgh Courier

U.S. Rep. Karen Bass leads a panel on females formerly incarcerated to help legislators understand how best to provide intervention services. (Courtesy Photo)U.S. Rep. Karen Bass leads a panel on females formerly incarcerated to help legislators understand how best to provide intervention services. (Courtesy Photo)

U.S. Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) recently held a panel of juvenile court judges and young women to discuss how Congress should address the specific needs of women and girls in the judicial system. The panel, on June 26, focused on issues impacting women and young girls in prison, including abuse and neglect during incarceration.  The panel also addressed the disproportionate number of female prisoners formerly in the foster care system and who have suffered childhood physical abuse, sexual molestation, and abandonment.

“Fundamentally, I believe that the best policy is done when the people who are most immediately impacted are involved in telling the policymakers what the policy should be,” Bass said. “Juvenile justice is an absolutely critical issue for us and while we’re engaging in this discussion in…

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