Efforts to Decrease Prison Populations Are Leaving Women Behind
Date:  02-08-2018

Fewer diversion programs and longer sentences are just two of the issues women must contend with
From Truthout:

Anastazia Schmid has spent the past 17 years behind bars in Indiana. During that time, she's seen firsthand the impacts of changes and trends within the state's prison system -- and the ways in which criminal legal reform efforts continue to leave women behind bars.

Schmid, who has spent many of these years studying mass incarceration as well as Indiana's history of female incarceration , isn't surprised. "It has been easy to disregard, really not even have anyone notice, this astronomical increase in female prisoners when women have completely been left out of any major criminal justice discourse in recent times, particularly public discussions," she wrote in an email to Truthout.

Indiana is one of eight states where the women's prison population continues to grow even as the men's prison population has declined, according to "The Gender Divide: Tracking Women's State Prison Growth, " a recent report by the Prison Policy Institute. Between 2009 and 2015, Indiana's rate of men's incarceration dropped by 6 percent while women's incarceration increased by 1 percent. Continue reading