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Higher Female Incarceration Rate and its Impact on Society

By Lorena Tiemann


The number of females being incarcerated is rising, and more and more women are being separated from their families. The main cause of this high increase in the female incarceration rate is due to the previous anti-drug acts and laws. Because a larger female population is behind bars, many more people are feeling a growing number of effects. The higher female incarceration rate places a larger burden on taxpayers and the family, particularly the children, of the inmate. Because of these impacts, remedies, such as appropriate treatment and changes in the sentencing guidelines, are needed to combat the problem of women disappearing into prison. This paper looked into past studies, mostly quantitative, that have focused on this phenomenon of higher female incarceration rates, its impacts, and its possible solutions

Topics: Female offenders, Incarceration, Women\u27s Prisons, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Legal Studies, Social and Behavioral Sciences
Publisher: FHSU Scholars Repository
Year: 2007
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