A document of guiding principles for this Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington to protest inauguration weekend asks for criminal justice reform for women, despite 93% of American inmates being men.
— Christina H. Sommers (@CHSommers) January 13, 2017
The document expresses concern over a criminal justice statistic that claims that the rate of imprisonment for women has increased faster than the rate of imprisonment for men since 1980. The document claims that the rate of imprisonment has increased by 700% for women since 1980.
We believe it is our moral imperative to dismantle the gender and racial inequities within the criminal justice system. The rate of imprisonment has grown faster for women than men, increasing by 700% since 1980, and the majority of women in prison have a child under the age of 18. Incarcerated women also face a high rate of violence and sexual assault. We are committed to ensuring access to gender-responsive programming and dedicated healthcare including substance abuse treatment, mental and maternal health services for women in prison. We believe in the promise of restorative justice and alternatives to incarceration. We are also committed to disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline that prioritizes incarceration over education by systematically funneling our children—particularly children of color, queer and trans youth, foster care children, and girls—into the justice system.
Despite the calls of anti-Trump feminists for criminal justice reform for women, an overwhelming 93% of inmates at American correctional institutions are men.
In addition, a study that was conducted at the University of Michigan revealed that men are sentenced on average to 63 percent longer sentences than women who commit the same crime.
Women's march will protest gender inequity in criminal justice system..but men are given 63% longer sentence than women for same crimes. pic.twitter.com/A9jRBm9J3y
— Tommy John (@tciccotta) January 14, 2017
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