Why are women the fastest growing population in the Criminal Justice System? Here is a YouTube clip of life inside a women's prison. This particular video shows how some women can be violent. But I thought it was interesting and it gave a better understanding of life behind bars.
According to the website: Why Are Women the Fastest
Growing Population, "in the last 25 years, women have been the fastest
growing prison population in the United States and in California."
According to Holly Kernan, "between the ‘70s and the 2000s, the number of
female inmates in state prisons serving a sentence of over a year has grown by
757%." This is an astronomical increase in the population of women in
prisons! Kernan also stated that “between 1985 and 2007, the number of women in
prison increased by nearly double the rate of men." We ask ourselves why?
Well, according to Amnesty International, "one out of three women in
prison or jail is being held for drug offenses rather than for violent
crimes." Many are charged as accessories to crimes committed by men. The
minor crimes that carry long prison sentences involve drug conspiracy.
Women in the Criminal Justice System tend to be
treated like a man. The prisons were built to house the male population, so as
a result women have to adapt to the environment. In some instances women are
treated very poorly and unfair. According to Kern, women tend to receive longer
prison sentences than their male counterparts. Women tend to be less involved
with homicide than men but tend to receive longer sentences, even if done for
interviews with HRW, "women charged that male correctional employees due
in fact rape female prisoners and sexually assault and abuse them." Male
officers not only threaten and use physical force, but also use their authority
to withhold goods and privileges from female prisoners to compel them to have
sex. In some instances, women are impregnated as a result of prison employees’
sexual misconduct. These women sometimes face additional abuses in the forms of
inappropriate segregation, denial of adequate health care, and pressure to seek
I find this particular information to be very sad
and scary. I can't believe that the criminal justice system is so screwed up
and corrupt. I'm not sure what can be done to stop these particular acts but I
think that it is happening more often than publicized!
information is interesting to me. If our Criminal Justice System is so
overcrowded then why are more women being incarcerated for drug crimes? I would think that resources and
rehabilitation would be best for these particular women due to the majority of
these women having children and nonviolent. Also, if women are considered to be
non violent offenders why are they being locked up longer than men who are
violent? In most cases women inside prisons are being abused. The prison system
is meant for men offenders not women.