Women in Prison Project: Fact Sheets

Correctional Association of New York

in Interrupted Life

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780520252493
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944565 | DOI:
Women in Prison Project: Fact Sheets

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This chapter presents a trio of “fact sheets” detailing some of the most horrible health challenges that plague incarcerated women—and that define the gruesome distance between American ideals and American practices in this domain. The facts relate to physical and/or sexual abuse in prison, HIV and hepatitis C, and substance abuse. For example, the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that more than 37 percent of women in state prisons have been raped before their incarceration; some 14.2 percent of women in New York's prisons are HIV positive; in 2006, more than 38 percent of women sent to prison for drug offenses were convicted of B-level drug crimes.

Keywords: HIV; fact sheets; incarcerated women; sexual abuse; hepatitis C; substance abuse; drug crimes

Chapter.  2542 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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