I had the honor of speaking to 100 students at UC Irvine about solitary confinement and prison life as an ex prisoner and now author. Ms Dolores Canales spoke with me as a lady who has also overcome prison time.
The United States of America puts thousands of women in prison, more women than any other country globally. Incarcerated women constitute more than one tenth of the whole prison population. More than one million women are behind bars or in custody –with all forms of correctional supervision considered- affirming this way that the US female population is the fastest growing part of the total incarcerated population, increasing at nearly double the rate of men since 1985.
The American Civil Liberties Union offers striking numbers and evidence on the mass female incarceration across the United States. More precisely, the number of incarcerated women in state and federal prisons and local jails increased from 12,300 in 1980 to 182,271 by 2002. Going up to 4.6% annually between 1995 and 2005, women now comprise a 7% of prison inmates in state and federal prisons.
One of the most obvious reasons of the massive…
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