Number of Women in Jail Has Grown Far Faster Than That of Men

October 12, 2016

NY Times reports on Vera Institute of Justice's new report. The report notes that the number of women in local jails in the United States is almost 14 times what it was in the 1970s, a far higher growth rate than for men, although there remain far fewer women than men in jails and prisons. The study also found that the number of women held in the nation’s 3,200 municipal and county jails for misdemeanor crimes or who are awaiting trial or sentencing had increased significantly — to about 110,000 in 2014 from fewer than 8,000 in 1970. See full article

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