Women in Jail and the Criminalization of Survivors

The Appeal

By Vaidya Gullapalli

In recent years, researchers have noted that while the number of men in jail has begun to decline, the number of women in jail remains stubbornly high and has even creeped upward. The conclusion has been that reforms that fail to explicitly consider women’s needs and conditions fail to decarcerate evenly across genders. The latest report on women’s incarceration from the Prison Policy Initiative looks at the 231,000 women in jail and prison in the United States, under the custody of local, state, and federal authorities, including ICE. Researchers took a close look at the numbers to ascertain what we do and do not know about the landscape of women’s incarceration.

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