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Incarcerated Female: A Growing Population
Incarcerated female: A growing population
LisaPasko and MedaChesney-Lind

More than one million women in the United States are under some form of criminal justice supervision (Glaze & Bonzcar, 2007). By 2009, the number of women imprisoned in the United States increased 800% over the past three decades, bringing the number of women behind bars to over 105,000 (West, 2010). From 1995 to 2009 alone, the number of women behind prison bars increased 87%, and women now account for nearly 7% of the total prison population (see Table 3.1; Stephan, 2008; West, 2010). Over a third of them served time in the nation's three largest jurisdictions: Texas, California, and the federal system (West, 2010; see also Chesney-Lind, 2002, pp. 80-81). Currently, women also ...

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