Wednesday, March 16, 2005

More women in prison

Women are being incarcerated in Kentucky at twice the rate of men. The prison keepers say it's because of drug crimes and a new "willingness" by the courts to sentence women (read that as sentencing guidelines with mandatory minimums .) The jailers further imply that the new inmates are all violent drug offenders, but the reality is that many of them are women who were only peripherally involved in non-violent marijuana dealings through their relationship with a guy.

They've arrested so many that they can only house 40% of them in the "women's prison." I take that as a sign they need to reform their laws. The prison profiteers see it as a reason to build more prisons. Meanwhile, the jailers whine that women inmates are higher maintainence and require more "medical care." Right, as if they get any.


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