The number of women being locked up has exploded, but kids may be the hardest hit.
“Orange Is The New Black” takes a gritty, intriguing look inside the lives and experiences of female inmates. Although it’s an addictive distraction for many women, the experience is becoming a reality for more and more of them.
According to stats collected by The Huffington Post, the number of women in prison has doubled since 1991! As of 2012, there were nearly 109,000 women in lockup.
Overall, there are still more men in prison–about 1,461,425 in 2012–but the Bureau of Justice also reports that women are fastest growing segment of inmates. Stats show that from 1992-2012, that rate of imprisonment for women had skyrocketed in some areas. For example, the rate of women getting locked up grew more than 1,100 percent! Compare that to the rise for men, which was just under 200 percent.
That is an extreme outlier, of course, but the general trend shows that women are getting locked up in almost disproportionately higher ratios than men. The state with the next biggest disparity was West Virginia, where the number of inmates had increased about 850 percent. Male inmates went up by 300 percent.
It’s also been found that women are far more likely to go prison on drug – related charges. In 2011, 57 percent of women in federal prison were there for drug offenses. That number was 47.4 percent for men.
Sadly, children may be among the hardest hit by this phenomenon. In 2004, 61.7 percent of women in state prisons were mothers. The number drops to 55.9 when looking at women in federal prisons.
Of that segment of moms behind bar, 82.8 percent of women in federal penitentiaries were the minor children’s primary caretaker. Some 68.5 percent of then were also provided the provided the primary financial support for their kids in the month before they were locked up. It was about 77.1 percent (caregiver) and 51.9 (primary financial support) of moms state facilities.
Finally, the number of kids with mothers in prison has more the doubled from 1991 at 63,900 to 2007, when the number had risen to 147,000.
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Celebs Tweet Their Thoughts About #JusticeForSandraBland
1. Jesse Williams
#SandraBland's treatment while attempting to travel freely on HER public roadways has been acknowledged as unlawful. She is already dead.
2. Taraji P. Henson
"SAY HER NAME #SandraBland"
3. Ava DuVernay
"'Why are you arresting me?' Because you know your rights. Because I can. Because no one'll believe you. #SandraBland"
4. Kim Kardashian
#WhatHappenedToSandraBland We need answers!!!! This is NOT ok! This is all shady! They need to own up to this & tell the truth!
5. Jussie Smollet
"A loss 4 words. #SandraBlandMatters #BlackLivesMatter 👈🏿tell me this should change once the nation shows that we do. "
6. Snoop Dogg
🙏🌹. Sandra. Rip. 🌹🌹
7. K. Michelle
R.I.P to this queen. This could've been any of us. My prayers go out to her family. #sandrabland https://instagram.com/p/5fvlO_AhCf/
8. Gabrielle Union
SAY HER NAME!!! #SandraBland #SandraBland #SandraBland #SayHerName
"We must get to the cause of #sandrabland death because this CANNOT happen again #deathorfreedom"
10. David Banner
"When will we fight back. A man's duty on earth is to protect women and children. Where are the gangsters? Preachers? We need you. Please."
11. Nicki Minaj
"Rest In Peace #SandraBland"
12. Talib Kweli
"We the people ask @LorettaLynch to investigate #SandraBland #KimberleeRandleKing RETWEET "
Signs. Signs. Signs all around us. The Message is Here. #SandraBland
14. Missy Elliot
"When I look at the #SandraBland traffic video it brings so many emotions😳😢😡😡😤!"
15. Jessie J
"God bless your soul Sandra | #sandrabland | Change needs to come |Justice needs to be served | Heart… https://instagram.com/p/5fV79mQ0aw/ "
16. Jackee Harry
"It's time y'all, it's time.." #SandraBland #BlackLivesMatter
"In memory of #SandraBland these things don't make no kinda sense "
18. Holly Robinson Peete
I really don't look forward to having ANOTHER difficult conversation w my kids tonight...but here we go again😧💔 #SandraBland #SayHerName 😢
19. Jeffrey White
Sadly, doesn't matter by whose hand she died. Unjustified arrested set the outcome in motion. The state murdered her. #JusticeForSandraBland
Sandra could have been your mother, sister, aunt, friend or if she wasn't killed the community outreach advisor A&M. #SandraBland
21. Joan Smalls
"My heart is broken. Sending my deepest condolence to her family and friends. May you find Strength, Peace and Justice. When will this stop? #EqualityForAll #RIP #Why #SayHerName
22. Gladys Knight
Sandra Bland.... #SayHerName #SandraBland
23. Cara Delevigne
Things need to change NOW #SANDRABLAND #Justice #Equality
24. Meek Mill
"Rip to that young lady that lost her life about a traffic stop! 🙏 ima make sure I pray for her and her family! 🙏😄😄😄"