U.S. has 5% of World’s Female Population, but 30% of Women in Prison*

U.S. has 5% of World’s Female Population, but 30% of Women in Prison*

The United States imprisons more of its population than any other country. A new report points out that women are no exception from this dubious honour.

Information from the Prison Policy Initiative shows that the United States incarcerates almost 30% of the worldwide total of jailed women. That’s twice the percentage who are imprisoned in China and four times the rate of Russia.

“When compared to jurisdictions across the globe, even the U.S. states with the lowest levels of incarceration are far out of line,” stated the report.

Nationwide, there are 127 women jailed per 100,000 population, just less than Thailand’s rate of 130. The state with the highest percentage of incarcerated women is West Virginia, with 273. Rhode Island trails all other states with a rate of 39, just one more than Kazakhstan’s 38. The report’s authors also point out that Illinois, with a rate of 88, has a higher rate than El Salvador, where abortion is illegal and women are often jailed for having miscarriages.

The U.S. women’s incarceration rate has climbed steeply, according to the report.

“In the U.S., we are not only incarcerating women far more than nearly all other nations, but we are also incarcerating women far more than we have done in the recent past. The sudden growth of incarceration in our country has been staggering; our incarceration rate nearly tripled between 1980 and 1990,” the report said.

Source*

Related Topics:

U.S. Erosion of the Civil Rights of Women

Anti-Racist Activists Win as Seattle Council Votes to End Youth Incarceration*

Where else, but U.S.: Vaccine Bills That Remove Consent and Incarcerate the Infected

Mass Incarceration: Behind the Ferguson Uprising*

Land of the Incarcerated*

Homeless People Incarcerated in US Deported to Camps

Rasmea Odeh: Another Political Prisoner of the U.S.*

Ex CIA Operative, Victim of Child Trafficking, and Political Prisoner in U.S.*

Librarians Gagged and Threatened with Prison under the Patriot Act*

$1.6mn for Wrongful Imprisonment*

The Cuban Five are Free After 16 years Wrongful Imprisonment*

Death from Vaccinosis and an Imprisoned Father*

U.S. Judge Orders Release of ILLEGALLY Imprisoned Immigrant Children From Detention Centres*

Convicted Israeli Spy Jonathan Pollard Released From U.S. Prison*

Advertisements

One thought on “U.S. has 5% of World’s Female Population, but 30% of Women in Prison*

  1. That’s because “we are a Nation of Laws” according to Hilary Clinton. The truth is a little more sinister, in the US there are many privately owned prisons, the Corporations that own those prisons have contracts for 95% occupancy. That leaves the State with a contractual obligation to fill those prisons. This is also why the US can produce office furniture cheaper than Mexico. Greetings.

Comments are closed.