Why we need to stop the killing of women in the prison system
It’s the biggest issue of our time, but when it comes to female inmates, the answer is often too little, too late.
For many, this is their first experience of incarceration, and it’s an uncomfortable experience.
We know that the most vulnerable among us have a harder time accessing treatment and rehabilitation programs and accessing housing.
Women of color are particularly vulnerable.
For a variety of reasons, including racism, poverty and gender discrimination, they are disproportionately incarcerated in solitary confinement.
When we consider how many of the women incarcerated for nonviolent crimes and drug offenses are women of color, we know the magnitude of their needs and we must be more active and responsive to their needs.
It’s time to do more to address these disparities.
We must make sure that our criminal justice system is a place that is for all, not just the privileged.
We can do better.
Read more The federal Bureau of Prisons has been criticized for its treatment of female inmates.
Its policies are discriminatory and unnecessarily punitive.
Many female inmates are held in solitary.
The federal government has a responsibility to ensure that female prisoners are housed in a way that is fair and just for all women, not only those who have made the wrong choice.
But we must also ensure that we do not end up punishing women based on the crime they commit, especially when the underlying reason for their imprisonment is a crime that is committed against the most marginalized members of society.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics reported that women make up almost 20 percent of all incarcerated women in federal prisons, and they account for more than 30 percent of inmates who are in solitary as well.
When these women are held behind bars, the stigma is deep, the violence is widespread and the cost to the federal government is enormous.
The National Center for Women and Policing (NCWP) conducted an analysis of the Bureau of Prison statistics, finding that women comprise 20 percent or more of inmates in solitary and another 10 percent in medium security facilities, and that for every 100 women in medium and high security prisons, there are about 50 who are women in solitary, according to the report.
In addition, the NCWP report found that women are significantly more likely than men to be placed in medium or high security for the same offenses and have a significantly higher chance of being placed in isolation for non-violent drug offenses, such as possessing less than 50 grams of marijuana.
In all, women accounted for roughly 14 percent of those in medium-security prison and 8 percent in high-security.
While it’s impossible to predict how long these women will remain in isolation, it’s safe to say that it will take a very long time.
Women in prison are not only disproportionately incarcerated for drug offenses but also for nonviolent offenses, like domestic violence.
The NCWP study found that there were more than 100,000 women in state and federal prisons in 2016, and over 3.2 million women in prison across the country.
As a result, it is clear that the current policies at the federal level are not working.
To address the needs of women, we must work with the states to reduce the stigma and increase access to services.
And we must do more for those who are already in prison, who are experiencing significant problems in prison and who are disproportionately imprisoned for nonviolent drug offenses.
The Justice Department is committed to helping women and girls, particularly young women and young girls, to rebuild their lives and access to justice.
Our commitment to addressing gender disparities in the criminal justice process goes back decades.
We will continue to make progress to build a safer and more just society for women and men, and we will continue in the pursuit of gender equity in our criminal and civil justice system.
We are grateful to the families of those who died in our nation’s prisons and jails and the families and survivors of those lost in our country’s prisons, jails and prisons who helped us discover the solutions to this challenge.
We stand with the families, and in the wake of their loss, we will work with all people to ensure we will never again experience the tragedy of a woman in prison.
The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General, conducts a broad review of federal programs and practices, including programs funded by the federal departments of defense and justice.
The Office’s mandate is to ensure the integrity of the federal criminal justice program and to provide oversight and accountability to those who administer, manage and enforce it.
To date, the Office of Inspector General has conducted more than 800 investigations into federal programs, including those funded by appropriations and contracts, and has received more than 2,000 documents from federal agencies and institutions.