The United States : A Growing Problem With Women

1553 Words Sep 21st, 2015 7 Pages
The United States has a growing problem with women in the criminal justice system. There has been a dramatic increase of women since the 1980’s. In addition, the increase of women has brought mothers into the equation. Pregnant mothers who are allowed to keep their newborn while incarcerated has been theorized to have many positive results. Including a higher chance of a positive reentry, allow bonding time between the mother and her child, and easing the pain of their incarceration. Laws vary from state to state, making it hard for parents in prison to get visitation time. The main focus will is that these rights should be given to all parents within the United States prison system. Granting mothers with newborns and other inmates’ visitation rights will also greatly improve the relationship between the two and allow for the chance of a more success reentry process. Positive reinforcement has been proven to help deter inmates from recidivating after their release from prison.
Within the United States today, the prison population is higher than in any other country. Only five percent of the world’s population resides in the United States, but is home to quarter of the world’s prisoners. Since the war on drugs, the number of women in prison have sky rocketed through the roof. The Sentencing Project (2012) found that the number of women increased by 646% between the years of 1980 and 2010, rising from 15,118 to 112,797. It was also found that the number of women brought into…
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