Essay on Women Inmates : Unlocking An Epidemic

1603 Words Jul 29th, 2016 7 Pages
Women Inmates: Unlocking an epidemic
Wake up. Brush teeth. Get dressed. Eat breakfast. Daily routines that most have a choice in. Will I brush with mint or gel? Will I dress casually or professionally? Will I eat cereal or oatmeal for breakfast? These choices are choices most do not consider or ponder because they are often available on any given day. Female prisoners are stripped of almost every choice they once had. Female prisoners are told what time to wake up in the mornings, which jumpsuit to wear, and are told what food they may eat. Female prisoners are striped from the opportunity to choose based on inner desires. As crime rates continue to soar across the country, the growth of female inmates incarcerated also rises. Thomas P. Bonczar, author of Prevalence of Imprisonment in the U.S. Population, writes, ‘’As a percentage of all persons ever confined in prison, women increased from 7.8% in 1974 to 10.3% in 2001’’ (Bonczar 15). He also notes that, ‘’For women, the chances of going to prison were 6 times greater in 2001 than in 1974’’ (Bonczar 3). The rising growth of female prisoners in our country is an epidemic in need of evaluation and solutions. Mothers, wives, and grandmothers are being incarcerated at an alarming rate that is having a ripple effect on their children, spouses, families, and friends. The solutions for this increase can only be determined by evaluating the purpose behind their crimes, as well as the environments of female prisons, and how those…

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