In recent decades, much of the public debate about mass incarceration has centered on Black men. Incarcerated women have been historically neglected, although women’s incarceration rates have grown at twice the pace of men’s, with the majority of women being of reproductive age. Research shows that incarceration negatively influences women’s health, where incarcerated women suffer from mental health problems, substance abuse, and prior sexual, physical, and psychological trauma. This is especially true for minority women who are of reproductive age and come from low-income communities. Denae seeks to explore initiatives that address women’s reproductive health care across different carceral spaces, and support health care services for incarcerated women once they are released. She hopes to inform health policy that better serves incarcerated and previously incarcerated women by ensuring their gender-specific health needs are met on a national scale.
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Due to her sociology and criminology training, Denae is well-equipped to provide necessary quantitative and qualitative data on rates of gender-specific health care providers and reproductive screening practices that largely impact incarcerated and previously incarcerated women.