One Third of Female Prisoners in the World are Behind Bars in the U.S.
Date:  03-16-2015

Women make up 8.8 percent of people in prison in America
In keeping with Women’s History Month Reentry Central would like to present some disturbing facts about the mass incarceration of women in the United States.

Social Action reports:

According to the International Centre for Prison Studies, nearly a third of all female prisoners worldwide are incarcerated in the United States of America. There are 201,200 women in US prisons, representing 8.8 percent of the total American prison population.

China comes a very distant second to the United States with 84,600 female prisoners in total or 5.1% of the overall Chinese prison population. Russia is in third position – 59,000 of its prisoners are women and this comes to 7.8 percent of the total.

Across the world, 625,000 women and children are being held in penal institutions with the female prison population growing on all five continents.

See the Prison Studies video here.