Women's Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2018

Women's Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2018

Two hundred and nineteen thousand women are currently incarcerated in the United States, with one in four held in pretrial detention in local jails, a report from the Prison Policy Initiative finds. Produced in collaboration with the American Civil Liberties Union's Campaign for Smart Justice, the report, Women's Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2018, found that 99,000 women are held in state prisons, 89,000 in local jails, and 16,000 in federal prisons. The report also found that women are more likely than the general incarcerated population to be held in local jails, and that 60 percent of them have not been convicted. One reason women are more likely to await trial in jail, the report suggests, is that they are even less able than men to afford cash bail, given that the typical bail amounts to a woman's annual income. Even when convicted, about a quarter of women are held in local jails, where communication with family and access to health care are both more limited than in prison, while women in jails are more likely to suffer from mental health problems and experience serious psychological distress than either women in prisons or men in either correctional setting. 

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