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#MeToo Behind Bars: Do the Feds Ignore Prison Sexual Assaults?

Under the Prison Rape Elimination Act, federal investigators must conduct audits of prison facilities to monitor compliance with standards aimed at eliminating sexual abuse. But an investigation by WitnessLA suggests the audits leave a lot to be desired.

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Mother’s Day Behind Bars

The rate of growth for female incarceration has outpaced that of males by 50 percent since 1980–and over 60 percent of women in state prisons have a child under 18, according to a fact sheet released Thursday by the Sentencing Project, ahead of Mother’s Day.

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Women ‘Disregarded’ in Justice Reform, Says Texas Group

Recent prison reforms in Texas and across the country have failed to reverse, or even slow, the rate of women’s incarceration, says the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition. In a report released Thursday, the group calls on policymakers to address the “root causes” of women’s involvement in the justice system with counseling and diversion programs, instead of putting them in jail.

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OK Grapples with High Female Incarceration Rate

Oklahoma leads the nation in female incarceration – at a rate more than twice the national average. On Wednesday, legislators, activists and academics will explore how to reduce the rate in a livestreamed conference hosted by The Atlantic magazine in collaboration with Reveal, of California’s Center for Investigative Reporting.

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Race, Women and Prison

The racial disparity between black incarcerated women and white incarcerated women dropped by nearly half between 2000 and 2009, according to a study released Wednesday. Rates of incarceration for black women declined about 31 percent during that period, from 205 women per 100,000 to 142 per 100,000. At the same time, incarceration rates for white women increased by about 47 percent, from 34 women per 100,000 to 50 per 100,000. The study of prisons in a dozen states—released yesterday by […]

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Chained and Pregnant

Ronda Kinard found out she was pregnant a month after landing in Virginia’s Arlington County Jail in December, 1999. Eight months later, halfway through serving a sentence for probation violation after a previous grand larceny sentence, Kinard, then 30, was rushed to the local hospital, where doctors induced her. Her daughter, Ronique Kinard, weighing a little over seven pounds, was born Aug. 24, 2000. A few hours later, Ronda returned to jail while her infant was picked up by a […]