https://i2.wp.com/genderpolicyreport.umn.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Shakopee-CIP-Blue-Hats-in-Formation_tcm1089-293444.jpg?fit=1500%2C996 996 1500 Debra Fitzpatrick http://genderpolicyreport.umn.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/gendereport.png Debra Fitzpatrick2017-09-13 15:36:142017-09-13 15:36:14Women in Prison: A Small Population Requiring Unique Policy Solutions
It is easy to overlook the presence of women in our prison system. After all, in Minnesota, women account for just over 7% of the prison population, a mere 737 individuals. And the same is true across the country, with women comprising just 7% of the estimated 1.53 million people held in state and federal correctional facilities. Given these small numbers, the path to reducing mass incarceration is generally framed through its impacts on men. Fewer researchers work on questions such as whether the reasons women are imprisoned are unique, whether their rehabilitative needs are different, or whether the experience of prison impacts their outcomes differently than it does men.