On this edition of Your Call, we’ll talk about why the increase of women in prisons has far surpassed the growth of male prisoners in the US.
The number of women behind bars was about eight times higher in 2016 than in 1980, according to The Sentencing Project. They say the rise is due to so-called 'tough on crime' laws, stiffer drug sentencing laws, and poverty. More than half of the women in state prisons have a child under the age of 18. What are the realities of incarceration – and reintegration – for women?
Alison Leal Parker, director of the US Program at Human Rights Watch, an international human rights advocacy and research nonprofit
Associated Press: Portrait of despair: Opioids land more women behind bars
The Crime Report: Mother’s Day Behind Bars
The Sentencing Project: Incarcerated Women and Girls, 1980-2016