The Meteoric Rise of Women Prisoners Since 1980
Date:  07-02-2014

Only five states have lowered female incarceration rates in the past 24 years
The following was reported by The Brennan Center for Justice:

Just Facts: Actually, Orange Really Is the New Black

Oliver Roeder

June 16, 2014

"Just Facts" is a monthly column from economist Oliver Roeder, which will analyze trends in American criminal justice using data and economic analysis. "Orange Is the New Black" — both Piper Kerman’s 2010 memoir and Jenji Kohan’s ongoing (and acclaimed) Netflix series, which recently debuted its second season — has presented a popular portrayal of the experience of women in prison. Unfortunately, it’s an experience that has becoming increasingly common over the past few decades.

It’s no secret that the U.S. is a leading incarcerator. In fact, over 2 million Americans – 1 in 108 American adults – are behind bars – the highest ratio in the world. The incarceration rate in prisons has increased over 245 percent since 1980. This phenomenon has been documented recently by the National Research Council, The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution, and The New York Times. But even in this fevered carceral climate, the experience of women stands out.

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