2019-2020 CSW Policy Briefs Now Available

CSW is proud to announce the publication of the 2019-2020 Policy Briefs: Confronting the Carceral State, Reimagining Justice.


The CSW Policy Brief Prize was created to support and promote applied feminist scholarship by graduate students at UCLA. In 2011, we initiated a publication series rethinking public policy on gender, sexuality, and women’s issues and created the prize to encourage graduate students to submit their work. Each CSW Policy Brief presents research in support of a policy change that would substantially improve the health and well-being of women and their families. In 2019, CSW solicited Policy Briefs on the topic Confronting the Carceral State, Reimagining Justice.

This year, CSW accepted Policy Briefs from graduate students at all UCs as well as from system-impacted activists and organizers from the California Coalition for Women Prisoners (CCWP) and the Drop LWOP coalition:

Release Elderly Lifers to Reduce Mass Incarceration
by Jane Dorotik, CCWP

Long-Term Incarcerated People Need Retirement Benefits
by Romarilyn Ralston, Program Director, Project Rebound at California State University-Fullerton with Ginny Oshiro and Fidelia Santos-Aminy

Unequal Punishment: Repealing Felony Murder Special Circumstances
by Joanne Scheer, Founder, Felony Murder Elimination Project

Ensuring Access to Rehabilitative Programs and Ending Discrimination Against People Serving Life Without Parole
by Rosie Stockton, Gender Studies, UCLA

Stop “Crimmigration!” Stop Southeast Asian Refugee Deportations!
by June Kuoch, Asian American Studies, UCLA

Incarceration and Mental Wellness are Incommensurable – A Call to Decarcerate
by Boké Saisi, Ethnic Studies and Graduate Specialization in Critical Gender Studies, UC San Diego