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This paper will address the issues surrounding the criminal incarceration of women in American society through the discussion of the views of Meda Chesney-Lind in her 1997 paper Vengeful Equity Sentencing Women to Prison It will present critical reasons of incarceration dealing with the onset of the Rockefeller Laws problems with translation and results In the paper I will also present solutions of Chesney-Lind as well as my own opinion for possible options other then common prison sentencing as it is practiced today The United States in recent times has seen the sudden rise of females in our prison systems This is most solely due to the introduction of the Rockefeller Laws and its guidelines of mandatory minimum sentencing of criminals for specified crimes The law was designed to reduce bias in the ever volatile world of race relations and eliminate harsher sentencing for equal crimes based on color In the female world consideration of possible mitigating circumstances surrounding an individuals crime has been taken away from the presiding judges discretion Important factors are not allowed to enter in the decision process such as why the crime was committed and by who While the number of women behind bars has risen as of late the number of violent offenders in these prisons has actually fallen quite drastically The proportion of women in state prisons for violent offences declined from 489 percent in 1979 to 322 percent in 1991 Chensey-Lind 1997 That would leave the remainder of the near tripling of incarcerated women since the 1980s as nonviolent offenders Some of these women are imprisoned for property crimes such as stealing for their drug habit or often these women have been busted for drug trafficking often referred to as drug mules individuals caught moving drugs for someone else Because of the mandatory minimums the courts can no longer take into consideration the reasons the offenders committed their crime and level sentences more appropriate such as
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