Health and Safety

Overwhelmingly, American jails and prisons are dangerous and dehumanizing places. The men, women and children in jail or prison are at the mercy of their keepers, who control their physical location, safety, medical and mental health, even their ability to seek or speak with their families and loved ones.

Yet, being incarcerated should not constitute forfeiture of an individual’s right to basic dignity.

We advocate for safe conditions, access to quality physical and mental health care and protection from harassment and sexual assault.

Key Cases

Key Facts

  • Basic Dignity

  • No Independent Authority

  • More Than Half

    More than half of all Americans in prison or jail have a mental illness.
  • Transgender Safety

  • Transgender Inmates Targeted

  • Hepatitis C

  • COVID-19