CANADA - “Poverty-related crimes are becoming 'life-sentences' for aboriginal women, NWAC says.” Read this article from CBC/Radio-Canada to learn more about how racism influences treatment of aboriginal women in Canada’s court systems.
U.S. - In the U.S., the number of incarcerated women has drastically increased, and “most women are in prison for crimes directly related to social inequity — poverty, addiction, mental illness, domestic violence and trauma.”
Listen to these Lady Lifers sing about their life in prison: fears, hopes, and family.
Read these 10 facts from the perspective of corrections professionals (jail and prison guards, etc.) about the unique challenges of incarcerated women.
Diane Sawyer’s 20/20 film documents some of the challenges faced by incarcerated women, prison guards, and wardens of women’s prison facilities. Watch the film here.
The United States incarcerates more women than other nations. Share this graphic from Forbes to raise awareness about this disturbing trend.