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Prison Statistics 

News and Updates

GOODWorks was proud to participate in the passing of SB-13 this past May! SB-13 called for the humane treatment of incarcerated women and transgender people in the Connecticut prison system. The push for change was sparked when news broke of a pregnant inmate forced into chains upon entering labor, and culminated in the passing of this bill that allows for improving prenatal healthcare in the system as a whole. SB-13 also mandates that all female inmates be given feminine hygiene products at no personal expense, as well as sets a standard for the protection of transgender people in prison in regards to privacy. Read more about SB-13 here. 

A Growing Prison Population

Over the past quarter century, there has been a profound change in the involvement of women within the criminal justice system. This is the result of more expansive law enforcement efforts, stiffer drug sentencing laws, and post-conviction barriers to reentry that uniquely affect women. Women now comprise a larger proportion of the prison population than ever before; the female prison population stands nearly eight times higher than its population count in 1980. More than 60% of women in state prisons have a child under the age of 18.1 Between 1980 and 2014, the number of incarcerated women increased by more than 700%, rising from a total of 26,378 in 1980 to 222,061 in 2014.

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2019 Statistics

With growing public attention to the problem of mass incarceration, people want to know about women’s experience with incarceration. How many women are held in prisons, jails, and other correctional facilities in the United States? And why are they there? While these are important questions, finding those answers requires not only disentangling the country’s decentralized and overlapping criminal justice systems, but also unearthing the frustratingly hard to find and often altogether missing data on gender.

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York Correctional Institute Statistics

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