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Last Name. Email Address. The same study found that lesbian and bisexual women are likely to receive longer sentences than their heterosexual peers. Additionally, a recent Prison Policy Initiative analysis found significant racial disparities in arrest rates for women but not men in police-initiated traffic and street stops.
These statistics are particularly troubling because status offenses tend to be simply responses to abuse. As is the case with women, girls of color and those who identify as LBTQ are disproportionately confined in juvenile facilities. While society and the justice systems subject all girls to stricter codes of conduct than is expected of their male peers, Black girls in particular shoulder an added burden of adultification — being perceived as older, more culpable, and more responsible than their peers — which leads to greater contact with and harsher consequences within the juvenile justice system.
Again, this is in stark contrast to the total correctional population mostly men , where a third of all people under correctional control are in prisons and jails. Three out of four women under control of any U. Probation is often billed as an alternative to incarceration, but instead it is frequently set with unrealistic conditions that undermine its goal of keeping people from being locked up. Childcare duties further complicate probation requirements that often include meetings with probation officers, especially for women with no extra money to spend on babysitters or reliable transportation across town.
Almost 2 million women and girls are released from prisons and jails every year , but few post-release programs are available to them — partly because so many women are confined to jails, which are not meant to be used for long-term incarceration. It is perhaps then no surprise that formerly incarcerated women are also more likely to be homeless than formerly incarcerated men, making reentry and compliance with probation or parole even more difficult.
All of these issues make women particularly vulnerable to being incarcerated not because they commit crimes, but because they run afoul of one of the burdensome obligations of their probation or parole supervision. This report offers the critical estimate that a quarter of all incarcerated women are unconvicted.
Beyond these big picture questions, there are a plethora of detailed data points that are not reported for women by any government agencies, such as the simple number of women incarcerated in U. Territories or involuntarily committed to state psychiatric hospitals because of justice system involvement. While more data is needed, the data in this report lends focus and perspective to the policy reforms needed to end mass incarceration without leaving women behind.
This briefing uses the most recent data available on the number of people in various types of facilities and the most significant charge or conviction. To smooth out these differing levels of vintage and precision among the sources, we choose to round all figures in the graphic. This process may, however, result in various parts not adding up precisely to the total. Several data definitions and clarifications may be helpful to researchers reusing this data in new ways:.
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See also the underlying data. This is because in , the BJS counted the jail populations at midyear the end of June , whereas for the previous two years, it used the yearend counts, and there is a significant amount of seasonal variation in jail populations. Jail populations are typically higher in the summer than winter. The BJS adjusted its estimates for and to account for seasonal variation and make year-to-year comparisons possible. However, there was a significant increase 7. The possibility that more probation or parole violations could explain some of the jail growth among women is particularly compelling, considering that justice-involved women are disproportionately likely to be under community supervision compared to men.
Furthermore, it appears that probation failures are up overall gender-specific data are not available. And for anyone still unsure of the harms of jail, just look at the suicide rates in U. A recent study based on the National Inmate Survey found that Even once released , women are at higher risk for homelessness and unemployment, with Black women being hit hardest.
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Data show that white women were about half as likely as white men to be arrested during a stop, but Black women were at least as likely as white men to be arrested. Black women were arrested in 4. For more analysis of policing data, see our analysis in Policing Women: Race and gender disparities in police stops, searches, and use of force.
Probation also varies wildly between states.
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I co-founded the Prison Policy Initiative to put the problem of mass incarceration — and the perverse incentives that fuel it — on the national agenda. Over the last 17 years, our campaigns have protected our democracy from the prison system and protected the poorest families in this country from the predatory prison telephone industry. Our reports untangle the statistics and recruit new allies. The country ranks out of countries included in the index.
No matter where a country ranks on the list, there are surprises. Ranking squarely in the middle of the list is Venezuela. It falls at Norway ranks 1, outstripping Iceland after elections led to the losses of several seats held by women. Had Venezuela only been measured on the dimensions of inclusion and justice, it would jump into the 40s, says Klugman, near Singapore. What pushes it lower on the list is the category of community safety—whether females aged 15 and over report feeling safe while walking home at night. Story by Eve Conant. National Geographic partnered with the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security to illustrate the index.
Representation in government Percentage of legislative seats held by women. Cell phone use Females age 15 and older who have access to a mobile phone. Employment Women age 25 and older who are engaged in paid work. Financial access Use of a banking app or other type of account among females age 15 and older. Education Average years of education among women 25 and older. Sense of safety and exposure to violence. Intimate partner violence Physically harmed or sexually assaulted in past year by a partner. Community safety Females 15 years and older who report feeling safe while walking alone at night.
Organized violence Deaths caused by large-scale armed conflicts, per , people.
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Experience of formal and informal discrimination. No data. Range shown on map. Norway 0. United States 0. Yemen 0. The 11 subcategories are scored from 1 best, blue to 0 worst, red.
Map Color. Representation in government Cell phone use Employment Financial access Education. Intimate partner violence Community safety Organized violence. Discriminatory norms Son bias Legal discrimination. Nations are ranked by their overall index score, and the three main categories are scored from 1 best, blue to 0 worst, red. Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. East Asia and the Pacific. Latin America and the Caribbean. South Asia. Middle East and North Africa. Sub-Saharan Africa. Sweden 0.