Understanding the Mass Incarceration of Women

The number of women behind bars is growing fast. Some women are far more likely to be incarcerated than others, such as women of color and those who have experienced sexual violence, drug dependence, and poverty. Indeed, fully 85 to 90 percent of women who end up in prison or jail have a history of being victims of some kind of violence, including domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, and child abuse. What pathways most often lead women in particular to prison? Why is the impact on the families and communities they leave so severe? How are their experiences and needs while incarcerated different from men’s, and how well are we meeting those needs? What challenges are unique to women upon reentry, and how can we best ensure that once women are released, they are able to move forward as stable, productive, and safe workers, mothers, and members of our communities?

Festival: Aspen Ideas 2016

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