Coalition of Formerly Incarcerated Women Demands Accountability After Tammy Jackson’s Case

The Dignity Florida Coalition sends letter to Broward Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Department of Corrections demanding accountability after Tammy Ms. Jackson gave birth to her baby in isolation.

A coalition of formerly incarcerated women and other community members called the Dignity Florida Coalition, sent a letter to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the Secretary of Florida Department of Corrections, the Broward County State Attorney and the Broward County Public Defender, demanding accountability from the employees and institutions responsible for letting Ms. Tammy Jackson give birth to her baby in isolation, without any kind of support.

The Dignity Florida Coalition was created in July 2018 by a group of formerly incarcerated women and allies to expose and address the mistreatment of women and girls within the Florida Department of Corrections. Recently, they won the “Dignity For Incarcerated women Act” during the legislative session of 2019.

The letter, which can be read in full here, makes the following demands:

“Women and girls in general are not treated with dignity and humanity in the prison system, and Tammy Jackson’s case tells us just how much worse it can be for black and brown incarcerated women. No pregnant woman should ever be placed in solitary confinement and left to her own during childbirth, that is unacceptable,” said Valencia Gunder, Criminal Justice Program Manager for New Florida Majority, on behalf of the Dignity Florida Coalition. “The Broward Sheriff’s Office is responsible for the life and health of the women in their custody and their babies, and we will not stop until their dignity and rights are fully recognized and respected.”

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