Bresha is just one of tens of thousands of incarcerated girls and young women across the United States. Understanding the details of how Bresha has been treated is instructive on how the criminal punishment system is a destructive force against children and youth, especially those who are Black. Bresha’s family and legal team credit popular support and organizing for pushing the state to offer Bresha a plea that prevented her from spending many many years behind bars.
- Download the Survived and Punished toolkit for resources on starting a defense campaign: http://bit.ly/LPSPtoolkit
- Visit the Survived and Punished website to learn about ongoing campaigns for freedom: Survivedandpunished.org
- Write Bresha a letter of support and encouragement. Writing letters and sharing your support is an integral way to reduce the isolation of incarceration. For tips on letter writing to people in prison, check out the letter writing section in the #SurvivedAndPunished toolkit or tips from the California Coalition for Women Prisoners.
c/o Ian Friedman
1360 E 9th St Suite 650
Cleveland, OH 44114
This video was conceived by Mariame Kaba and narrated by CeCe McDonald. Directed and produced by Dean Spade and Hope Dector. Audio editing by Lewis Wallace. Audio recording by S.O. O’Brien. Artwork and photographs by Sarah-Jane Rhee, Molly Crabapple, Monica Trinidad, Kara Rodriguez, Bria Royal, Viko Alvarez, Ari Levin, Molly Costello, and Kathy Liang. Created by the Barnard Center for Research on Women and Survived and Punished.
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