The vast majority of incarcerated people are men, so the facts about women are often lost. The Prison Policy Initiative is using our creative research strategies to uncover this data in order to advocate for criminal justice reform.

report thumbnailStates of Women's Incarceration: The Global Context

Report reveals that every U.S. state incarcerates women at higher rate than most countries. Report also shows growth of women's incarceration in the U.S. over the last century.

report thumbnailDetaining the Poor: How money bail perpetuates an endless cycle of poverty and jail time

With data scientist Daniel Kopf, we find that the ability to pay money bail is impossible for too many defendants because it represents almost a year of the typical woman defendant's income.

report thumbnailPrisons of Poverty: Uncovering the pre-incarceration incomes of the imprisoned

With data scientist Daniel Kopf, we uncover the data to show that even before their incarceration, the people in prison are much poorer than Americans of similar ages. This was the first report to provides national data on the pre-incarceration incomes of incarcerated women.

See also:

  • The women section of our Research Clearinghouse for comprehensive edited links to empirical research by other organizations.
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  • April 5, 2017:
    Policy Analyst Wendy Sawyer will discuss PPI’s recent research as it relates to a community-wide reading of Orange is the New Black. 6:30-8 pm at Emily Williston Memorial Library, Easthampton, MA

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