Assessing Women’s Mass Incarceration
October 24, 2017 | Grantee Publications | Criminal Justice

A report by the Prison Policy Initiative takes a close look at the female incarcerated population in the United States, assessing how many women are held in prisons, jails, and other correctional facilities and why they are there. The report finds that of the 219,000 women incarcerated in the country, 96,000 are held in local jails, 99,000 are held in state prisons, and the rest in other correctional facilities like federal and military prisons. The report breaks down the offenses for which these women are incarcerated, and notes that 60 percent of women in jail have not been convicted of a crime and are awaiting trial.  

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