Caucus Explores Black Women Behind Bars

WASHINGTON — Darlene Mathis-Gardner is part of what some say is a shocking statistic.

Mathis-Gardner, who served 13 months in federal prison,  is part of the 800 percent increase in the number of African-American woman being locked up in America over the past 30 years.

And like so many of those women, most convicted of non-violent offenses, Mathis-Gardner suffered from many of the afflictions associated with incarceration – shame, family dissolution, employment difficulties, mental issues and more.

Mathis-Gardner joined dozens of others last Wednesday at the Congressional Black Caucus’ “Black Women & the Criminal Justice System: We, Too, Sing America” forum to discuss the effects of the criminal justice system on black women’s health and relations within their families and communities and how to combat these issues.

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