Women face disproportionate barriers in reentry. Meet the Philly organization out to change that.

By. M. K. Fain

The United States contains 5% of the total world population — but 20% of the world’s incarcerated population. Women currently represent the fastest-growing prison population, rising 834% between 1978 and 2015 (more than double the rate for men) [1].

Women’s involvement in the justice system is largely tied to their experiences of male violence. Juvenile girls are likely to be arrested for less serious crimes than boys, often directly as a result of attempting to leave abusive home situations or relationships. Women are most likely to be convicted of drug or property crimes, and the rates of violent crime committed by women are significantly lower than for men. Women are most often first introduced to drugs by their partner, and attempts to quit drugs can result in violence from their partner. When women commit violent crimes, it tends to be against an abusive male partner [2].

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