Washington Area Women's Foundation

#our100days Day 41

Justice For All and For Her

According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, as of January 2017, 6.7 percent of all inmates are women. Despite the seemingly small percentage, women are the fastest-growing group of inmates. Many justice-involved women have experienced trauma during their lifetimes, however, jails and prisons offer little or no trauma-informed care or mental health services.

Here’s what we’re doing today:

Vera’s 2016 report, Overlooked: Women and Jails in an Era of Reform, which focuses on women in jails on a national level, is comprehensive, fact-based, and offers concrete insights to what honestly happens to women in jails in this country. It also offers substantive ways of changing the system and reducing the number of justice-involved women. The report proves that women who are in jail are suffering because of ignorance and gender bias.

Sample Tweets:

Women are the fastest-growing group of inmates. Read & share @VeraInstitute’s report wawf.org/2lV7qqI #our100days

Did you know women are the fastest-growing group of inmates? @TaylarNuevelle discusses it in her article wawf.org/2lAolw9 #our100days