The Incarceration Rate For Women

1978 Words Sep 25th, 2014 8 Pages
Australia has witnessed a gradual and undeniable increase in imprisonment rates for women in the last twenty years. Representing the plight of criminalized and imprisoned women is not a straightforward task. These women do not share a single lived experience, nor do they reflect a neat and simplistic narrative of individual redemption. Drawing public attention to the predicament of criminalization and imprisonment in women allows us to understand the of rising incarceration rates and what reasons may account for this growth in female incarceration rates and how it affects policy makers in their attempts to address challenges.
In recent years, the rates for women being imprisoned in Australia have significantly risen, with many factors contributing to this greater increase in the rate for female prisoners compared to male prisoners. From 1995 to 2002, a 60 percent increase in rate per 100,000 was recorded (Karen Gelb 2003), with women making up seven percent of Australia 's total prisoner population, as stated by Fiona Dowsley, the ABS director of the National Centre for Crime and Justice Statistics. According to the annual 'Prisoners in Australia ' report in 2012, the number of women incarcerated increased by 48 percent since 2002. It is necessary to identify the issues that affect women which account for the surge in imprisonment of women. Recent studies have suggested that the main factor of the rise of imprisonment is the sentencing practice itself considering women…
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