In the case of women behind bars, the crude reality is that the rate of incarcerated women around the globe is certainly much bigger than most of us have ever imagined. This article that I wrote recently for ‘Talking Drugs’ investigates the rates, the causes and the consequences of female imprisonment in the US, in Europe with a focus in the UK. The majority of incarcerated women, who, in most cases happen to be of an extreme vulnerability (mothers, pregnant, poor, drug addicts, mentally ill) are usually unfairly arrested, prosecuted and sentenced. The reality of women’s lives in prison sadly reveals a still persistent immense gender inequality, shown in gender-based violence in prison settings and sexual harassment but equally in the procedures and criminal justice institutions that adopt an unjustufiably punitive approach towards women.
You can read the full article for TalkingDrugs web media platform here.