It’s no secret that the United States has the highest prison rate in the world.
Despite only making up 4.4% of the global population, America holds 22% of the world’s prisoners.
Women aren’t immune to mass incarceration either.
According to the ACLU, women are incarcerated at a higher rate than ever. Today, there are eight times more women behind bars than there were in 1980.
Life as a “frequent flyer” in prison doesn’t happen from one bad mistake. It’s the result of years of abuse, neglect, and socioeconomic problems. It often begins as childhood trauma that never properly healed.
92% of all Californian women prisoners have suffered from physical abuse at some point in their lives.
It’s a vicious cycle. 83% of prisoners will find themselves arrested again within nine years post-release, with 44% receiving a new charge within the first year.
Women from communities of color are particularly at risk of incarceration from substance abuse and other socioeconomic hurdles.
Overincarceration of women affects everyone.
Millions of children have at least one parent behind bars. These children grow up and often continue the cycle, ending up in juvenile detention facilities and adult prisons later in life.
Incarcerated women deserve resources to help them reach their full potential.