Women & Reentry 

Facts and Publications

Nationwide, women are the fastest growing population in jails and prisons. Over the past twenty five years, the rate of women’s involvement in the criminal justice system has increased by more than 700%   However, the criminal justice system was not built to hold women which creates additional and unique challenges, particularly in local jails due to limited programming and services as well as lack of acknowledging gender differences and their inability to provide gender-responsive services. The majority of women in prison or jails are there for non-violent offenses and report high rates of substance abuse, mental health disorders, histories of trauma and low-level of education.

[1] The Sentencing Project (2015). Incarcerated Women and Girls. Retrieved from: http://www.sentencingproject.org/doc/publications/Incarcerated-Women-and-Girls.pdf

 

[2] DC BOP Census Roster. Rep. Washington: CSOSA, October 2016.

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