Marching for Mothers: The FreeHer Rally Calls for Justice and Clemency on Its 10th Anniversary

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The Ohio Reformatory for Women is seen beyond a fence and razor wire in Marysville, Ohio, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023. More than 190,000 women are currently being held in some kind of confinement in the United States — a number that’s been growing rapidly since at least 1980. But experts say programs aimed at helping them stay out of prison haven’t kept pace. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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In Washington, D.C., today, hundreds gathered for the 10th anniversary FreeHer March and Rally at Freedom Plaza. The event marked a decade of activism aimed at ending the mass incarceration of women and shifting resources into communities.

Speakers highlighted the stark statistics: over 190,600 women and girls are currently incarcerated in the U.S. A significant number — more than a quarter — are not yet convicted and merely await trial.

Today’s rally emphasized the urgent need for federal and state clemency. With Mother’s Day approaching, the spotlight was on 150,000 incarcerated mothers who will spend the day separated from their children unless immediate action is taken.

The rally called on the Biden administration and state governors to grant clemency and to address the inhumane conditions in women’s prisons. The event was put on by the National Council of Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls.


Click play to listen to the report from AURN White House Correspondent Ebony McMorris. For more news, follow @E_N_McMorris & @aurnonline.

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