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Women In Prison In modern correctional institutions the United States holds the worlds largest incarceration rate In recent years the percentage increase in women incarcerated has grown much faster Thus causing increasing concerns in society for the problems of women and the problems of prisoners Unfortunately these concerns have rarely been a focus However due perhaps to their small number and obvious occasional abuse by their keepers women prisoners have been neglected This paper will discuss some of the legal and social problems faced by women within the criminal justice system The criminal justice system has shown little to no interest in the problems dealing with female offenders There are considerably less statistics showing where women are incarcerated what crimes they have committed and what sentences they have incurred There are reasons for such lack of interest Part of the reason is of course the already stated small number of inmates in this realm There are little over sixty-state institutions for women close to seven hundred for men and about thirty that are coed Another reason for the lack of interest in female inmates is that the inmates themselves do not call that much attention to themselves or their situation A lot of attention given to prisons by the public is because of the violence and disruption they cause Prisoners receive a lot of that focus when and if they riot destroy property endanger the lives of guards or each other Women prisons hardly ever engage in that type of behavior A third reason why there is a lack of interest in female prisons is because the crimes women commit do less damage than the crimes of men A majority of women prisoners have not been involved in crimes that endanger the lives of o ca large number of people organized crimes and crimes that destroy high values of property Simon 1977 According to Women Crime and Justice there is neglect towards female crime
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