The United States has 2.3 million people behind bars, we have the world’s highest incarceration rate. We even have more people in prison in the U.S. than in China, where they have four times the population.
The series “Orange is the New Black” is based on a true experience that follows women in prison, which is one of the fastest growing prison populations. So, it’s only appropriate that one day before the premiere of the second season of “Orange is the New Black” we look at some of the numbers of women in prison.
The number of women in prison increased by 646 percent between 1980 and 2010, rising from 15,118 to 112,797.
If we include local jails, more than 205,000 women are now incarcerated. The female prison population is increasing at nearly double the rate for men.
(The Sentencing Project-PDF)
Two thirds of women in prison are there for…
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