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by United State of Women | Updated on 5.4.18

The rate of incarceration of women has increased over 800% in the last three decades. Learn more, and take action above or below.

Black women are three times more likely to be incarcerated than white women; Latina women are 69% more likely than white women to be incarcerated. Girls and young women also make up an increasing large proportion of the juvenile justice population, with Black and Native young women significantly more likely than white young women to be detained. Of girls in detention, 40% identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or gender nonconforming.


– Work to ensure that all incarcerated people can stay connected to their families

– Increase in pay to minimum wage for all people incarcerated at Bureau of Prisons facilities

– Improve access to education for currently and formerly incarcerated people

– Improve access to health care for currently and formerly incarcerated women

– End restrictions on the federal Bureau of Prison’s ability to cover the cost of abortion except in severely limited circumstances.

– Provide access to physical, mental, and reproductive healthcare, including sexual health care, on demand to all incarcerated people

– Ban the shackling of pregnant women in all federal incarceration and detention facilities

– Continue reform of the juvenile justice system

– Removal the 5,400 young people currently detained adult facilities and identifying the least restrictive available juvenile facility for placement

– Increase funding for and disseminating best practices on the treatment of LGBTQ youth in delinquency programs and detention facilities

– Eliminate the use of private prisons at all levels of the immigration system.

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  • Phillip

    yES BLACK WOMEN ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE INCARSERATED, BUT THAT IS ABOUT RIGHT. WHEN 13% OF THE POPULATION IS RESPONSABLE FOR 90% OF CRIME THEN THAT SOUNDS ABOUT RIGHT. AND YES BLACKS BECAUSE OF THERE UP BRINGING ARE DOING FAR MORE CRIMES. HOW EVER WE DO SEEM TO HAVE A REAL PROBLEM IN THE US. OUR GOVERNMENT TRYS DAILY TO TRAP US FOR COURT. Think this through, the US houses 25% of all world inmates, thats a crime because we only make up 5% of world population. they say we are a country of laws, well it just proves where stupid enough to vote for 400 people who do nothing but make more and more of life illegal, and that is nothing more than an attack on American citizens

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  • Eric

    Oh please give me a break. Waste not want not. If family and such was so important to them to begin with then they would not have made the choices to break the law and burden law abiding families with wasteful programs to “help” them stay in contact with their broken families. If family is so important to them why didn’t they think of their family first before breaking the law.