America’s Forgotten Mass Imprisonment of Women Believed to Be Sexually Immoral
Under the ‘American Plan,’ women could be detained for sitting in a restaurant alone, changing jobs—or, often, for no reason at all.
SCOTT W. STERN
For much of the 20th century in America, a little-known but widespread government program locked people up without trials simply for having sexually transmitted infections—and then forced them to undergo dangerous poisonous “treatments.”
If they were women, that is.
From the 1910s through the 1950s, and in some places into the 1960s and 1970s, tens of thousands—perhaps hundreds of thousands—of American women were detained and forcibly examined for STIs. The program was modeled after similar ones in Europe, under which authorities stalked “suspicious” women, arresting, testing and imprisoning them.
Many women were also detained if they refused to have sex with police or health officers, contemporaneous exposés reveal. In the late 1940s, San Francisco police officers sometimes threatened to have women “vagged”—vaginally examined—if they didn’t accede to sexual demands. Women of color and immigrant women, in particular, were targeted—and subjected to a higher degree of abuse once they were locked up.
According to the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln recently debuted an online database of more than 500 court cases in which enslaved persons had sued to gain their freedom. The Dred Scott case in 1857 is the most famous of such […] Read more HERE.
INCARCERATED/DETAINED YOUTH – AN EXAMINATION OF CONDITIONS OF CONFINEMENT
Read the report “INCARCERATED/DETAINED YOUTH – AN EXAMINATION OF CONDITIONS OF CONFINEMENT” published by the CT Office of the Child Advocate HERE. This report discusses what happens to young people who are detained or incarcerated in CT. The report was published in January 2019.
OJJDP Bulletin Summarizes Juvenile Arrests
Today, OJJDP released “Juvenile Arrests, 2016.” This bulletin describes the current arrest trends for juveniles from 1980 to 2016, using data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Report.
The suicide rate is the highest it’s been in decades, the latest warning sign of a worsening public health issue in America that needs far more attention. According to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 47,000 Americans died by suicide in 2017. Put another way, the suicide rate was 14 people in every 100,000 — up 33 percent from 10.5 people per 100,000 in 1999. Read more HERE.
For current local crime statistics, click here. To see a map showing the locations of Hartford homicides, click here.
Americans own an estimated 265 million guns, more than one gun for every adult. Data from the Gun Violence Archive reveals there is a mass shooting – defined as four or more people shot in one incident, not including the shooter – nine out of every 10 days on average. Click HERE for an interactive map.
Under a proposed redesign of the $20 bill, Harriet Tubman would have replaced Andrew Jackson. Universal History Archive/Getty Images
WASHINGTON — Harriet Tubman — former slave, abolitionist, “conductor” on the Underground Railroad — will not become the face of the $20 bill until after President Trump leaves office, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday. Read the entire article HERE.
Birmingham, Alabama’s Dolester Miles won the 2018 James Beard Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef. In honor of her big win (and her restaurant, Highland’s Bar and Grill, we’re sharing our profile of her from our May/June Southern issue, where we name Dolester as one of 10 Southern Bakers You Should Know. Also, try her recipe for Bourbon-Glazed Pound Cake! Read more HERE.
According to the NY Times, “[John] Edge [the food writer and historian] holds Ms. Miles in high regard for her ability to be thoroughly modern with some desserts but also to reach back into African-American baking traditions and bring forth impeccable renditions of classic Southern cakes and pies. “She has to meet the standards of a diner’s grandmother,” he said. “But Dol also meets the expectation of the fine-dining customer. That straddle is hard to manage.” Read more HERE.
Did you know that the Doc Hurley Scholarship Fund came into existence through the joint efforts of Faith Congregational Church and the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving? Rev. Stephen Camp of Faith and Linda Kelly, the former president of the Hartford Foundation, worked together to make this happen. Did you know that Faith gave a contribution of $1500 to help get the fund off the ground? Did you know that Doc Hurley was a member of Faith for 50 years? Did you know that to date the scholarship fund has received more than $40,000?
Mike Anthony: Doc Hurley statue and community response fitting tributes to a legendary man
Hurley, the Weaver High athletic prodigy of the late 1930s and early 1940s, and the inner city’s powerful heartbeat until his death in 2014, would have been so proud of what took place at the corner of Greenfield Street and Ridgefield Street — not necessarily because of a statue or because he was honored in a way so few are, but because the entire production was a show of force by a community he worked tirelessly to empower through love, patience, the occasional kick in the rear end, and a lifetime of purpose that was a guiding light.