Women’s Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2018

November 13, 2018
Women’s Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2018
Author: Prison Policy Initiative
Published: Nov, 13 2018

With growing public attention to the problem of mass incarceration, people want to know about women’s experience with incarceration. How many women are held in prisons, jails, and other correctional facilities in the United States? And why are they there? How is their experience different from men’s? While these are important questions, finding those answers requires not only disentangling the country’s decentralized and overlapping criminal justice systems, but also unearthing the frustratingly hard to find and often altogether missing data on gender. This report provides a detailed view of the 219,000 women incarcerated in the United States, and how they fit into the even broader picture of correctional control.