Women During The United States Essay

1257 Words Dec 8th, 2016 6 Pages
According to the United States Census Bureau, by the end of 2012, an estimated 6,940,500 individuals were in a correctional facility, and by the end of 2013, that number was estimated to be 6,899,000 (Correctional Populations in the United States 2014). However, while the number of incarcerations seem to be lowering, the number of women entering the justice system seems to be rising. In the same study, they found that between 2000 and 2010, more women were being put on probation and were being forced into jails and prisons than men (Correctional Populations in the United States 2014). A study conducted by the U.S Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics found that amongst all women in America between the ages of 35-39, there is a 1-295 chance of being behind bars. However, that number changes when looking at women of different races. It was found that Caucasian women have a 1-355 chance of being incarcerated, Hispanic women have a 1-297 chance of being incarcerated, and African American women have a 1-100 chance of being incarcerated (Correctional Population in the United States, 2013 2014). Evidently, this is an issue that impacts women in a variety of ways that has only been increasing by the year. Therefore, feminist researchers have taken an interest in this population, looking at how different genders interpret their experience of the justice system, what causes gender differences in recidivism rates, how policies specifically target women, and the…

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