Many women who are incarcerated were just trying to make ends meet for their families. Here an image from a rally to demand the release of people held in jails, outside the Riverside Correctional Facility in Philadelphia, May 2020.
For Mother’s Day, we look at the fastest growing prison population in Canada — racialized women, many of whom are mothers. Experts connect the trend to rising poverty and the attempts to cope with it.
People incarcerated at a county jail in North Dakota gather together.
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Experts still disagree about why the US prison population has grown so much over the last few decades. But crime is only one part of the problem.
Cells at Alcatraz, a famous former prison on an island off the coast of California.
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Prisons and jails have a long history, but they weren’t always used for the same kinds of punishment.
The rate of intellectual disabilities is disproportionately high among incarcerated populations.
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A quarter of prisoners report a cognitive, intellectual or developmental disability. But the true figure could be even higher.
A Texas woman shows a picture of her 21-year-old son, who has been incarcerated during the pandemic.
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For the 6.5 million Americans who have an incarcerated family member, COVID-19 has made an already stressful situation much worse by drastically limiting communication and raising fears of death.
A 1970 image of prisoners in cell blocks at Rikers Island Prison.
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Infection rates of COVID-19 have soared among prisoners in the US. An expert on penal policy considers what is ‘unjust and disproportionate’ punishment at this time.
Coronavirus infections in prisons are a public health problem for everyone, not just prisoners and sfaff.
Inmates work in the laundry room at Las Colinas Women’s Detention Facility in Santee, California, on April 22, 2020.
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Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, missteps in transitioning the incarcerated back to their communities places this already vulnerable populace at greater risk of getting and transmitting the virus.
The design called for plants and play spaces – big improvements over brick and razor wire.
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About half of incarcerated women in the United States are mothers to children under age 18. Natural spaces within a prison can help maintain their mother-child bonds.
People wearing protective masks leave the Cook County jail complex in Chicago, Illinois.
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Half of incarcerated individuals have either a chronic medical or a mental health condition. But social distancing and rigorous hygiene are unattainable for many US jails and prisons.
Calls for help at Chicago’s Cook County jail, where hundreds of inmates and staff have COVID-19, April 9, 2020.
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In the 1790s, penal reformers rebuilt America’s squalid jails as airy, hygienic places meant to keep residents – and by extension society – healthy. Now they’re hotbeds of COVID-19. What went wrong?
Is it ethical to use former prisons, with long histories of death, suffering and wrongful incarcerations, as entertainment venues?
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What does it mean to hold a party in a place with a long history of death and suffering?
In jail, suicides occur for 50 deaths per 100,000 inmates.
People in jail kill themselves at a rate 3.5 times higher than that of the general population.
The UK imprisons more people than any other country in Western Europe per head of population.
Evidence from Scotland reveals the presumption against shorter sentences has shown little reduction in prison numbers.
Terri-Lynne McClintic, convicted in the death of an eight-year-old girl, is escorted into court in Kitchener, Ont., in September 2012. News that McClintic was transferred to an Indigenous ‘healing lodge’ has stoked outrage.
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The politically and emotionally charged court of public opinion is not the place to make policy changes in areas as complex as corrections.
Black men occupy a disproportionate share of prison cells in the U.S.
Just as with so many other criminal justice policies, pretrial detention disproportionately affects African-American men and women, destabilizing black families in the process.
Inmates at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California in 2011.
The University of Michigan’s Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Heather Ann Thompson explains why Americans must demand better access to the nation’s prisons.
The federal prison in Forrest City, Arkansas.
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The number of prisons in the US swelled between 1970 and 2000, from 511 to nearly 1,663. Here’s the story of why one town in Arkansas welcomed a correction facility.
How can justice be blind to race?
Criminal justice experts suggest one way to change the system to eliminate racial bias.
While men still make up the majority of prisoners in Australia, the increase in the incarceration rate for women is significantly greater than that for men.
Australia female prison population has soared but many are jailed for minor offences. The UK’s radical approach to women and prison, outlined in the 2007 Corston report, offers a model for Australia.