The number of women incarcerated in the United States has skyrocketed in the last four decades, increasing 700% in 40 years. In 2018, Hawaiʻi had an incarceration rate of 439 per 100,000 people. Over 75% of the state’s incarcerated women are mothers. Many have substance abuse problems. Sixty percent are victims of childhood physical, mental, and sexual abuse. Forty percent are Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders. The film “BEYOND BARS: Prison Women Speak” is a compelling and poignant video of incarcerated women telling their own stories, allowing audiences to re-perceive who they really are. Learn what took them to Hawaiʻi’s prisons, where they are now, and their messages to other women. A panel discussion about women’s incarceration in Hawaiʻi will follow the screening. Panelists include Momilani Cody, Leslee Matthews, Zoe O’Brien, and film director Tadia Rice. Moderated by Sandra Simms. This community event is free but ticketed. More info: BEYOND BARS: Prison Women Speak | Honolulu Museum of Art. Part of the Honolulu African American Film Festival 2023: Honolulu African American Film Festival 2023 | Honolulu Museum of Art.
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