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Susana Morris

For Many Women, Orange is indeed the New Black

By March 30, 2014

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Although men outnumber the percentage of women in prison, the population of incarcerated woman has grown steadily in the last several decades. As more mothers, sisters, daughters, wives, and partners enter prison the reality of their experience is an increasingly significant women's issue. In "Is Orange the New Black? Facts About Women and Incarceration," I break down some of the stark and startling statistics about women in prison.

"Freedom after Three Decades in Prison" covers the tragic and triumphant story of Mary Virginia Jones, a 74 year old California grandmother recently released from prison after serving 32 years for a murder she did not commit.

Finally, in "Is Jailing Mothers the Answer?" I explore the trend in legislation that seeks to criminalize mothers, other those who use drugs, for pregnancy outcomes.

These are heavy but important topics that are increasingly demanding women's attention.

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