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White women are going to prison at a higher rate than ever before

The writer discusses the trend in the racial gap between black and white female prisoners. The writer provides an analysis on why white female imprisonment rate increased while that of black female decreased in the past 15 years.

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Mass incarceration of women was one of the important issues highlighted by the Women’s March on Washington. The U.S. imprisonment rate has been declining for almost a decade, yet the number of women in prison at the end of 2015 (about 105,000) is virtually identical to what it was when the de-incarceration trend began. The size of the female inmate population is being maintained by surging imprisonment among women of a particular race: whites. Read more...