Prison statistic numbers are escalating at a rapid pace in the United States. There are more than 200,000 women incarcerated today. Two-thirds of women who are in prison are incarcerated for non-violent offenses. Nearly two-thirds of women in prison are mothers and like other poor women in the U.S., women in prison have limited educational and employment histories. And once these women are released from prison, the road ahead of them is filled with many hardships.
The Institute on Women & Criminal Justice is a national center for policy, analysis, research and information about criminal justice-involved women, their families and community. The Institute works in conduction with the Women’s Prison Association (WPA) to help women with criminal justice histories to realize new possibilities for themselves and their families.