Global war against women: prison

New Brennan Center Column: “Just Facts”

Economist Oliver Roeder’s new column, “Just Facts,” will analyze trends in criminal justice using data and economic analysis. This week, he looked at the disproportionate rise of female prisoners, an issue depicted in the acclaimed series “Orange is the New Black.” Since 1980, “while the incarceration rate for men increased over 230 percent, the rate for women increased 518 percent,” Roeder wrote. “The rate at which women have been increasingly incarcerated has been exceptional, even in a country that has seen a world-historic increase in incarceration.”

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