700% increase in women incarcerated from 1980 to 2019

Women are also more likely than men to be imprisoned for drugs, according to a report from The Sentencing Project

  • The number of incarcerated women increased more than 700% from 1980 to 2019: 26,378 to 222,455.

  • The rate of female imprisonment is twice as high as men since 1980.

  • Black women are incarcerated 1.7 times more than white women.

  • Black women’s imprisonment has decreased since 2000 while Hispanic women has increased.

  • Top ten states with the highest rates: Idaho, Oklahoma, Kentucky, South Dakota, Wyoming, Arizona, Montana, Arkansas, West Virginia, Texas.

  • Women are more likely to be incarcerated for drug offenses than men.

Read the whole report for The Sentencing Project here.

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