In recent years, the incarceration of women has risen at a higher rate than men, with 82% of these imprisoned for nonviolent crimes. In addition, 86% of women in prison have experience sexual violence in their lives. If we want to reduce the incarceration of women, we need to look at all variables and base “punishment” on treatment rather than punishment as revenge for crimes that could be premeditated for reasons like income or sexual abuse.
NGOs working on the issue
- California Coalition for Women Prisoners
- National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women
- American Civil Liberties Union
Sources to Consult