Since the early 1990s, Texas has seen a spike in the number of women entering the prison system.
Incarceration of women in the Texas criminal justice system increased by over 900 percent from 1980 to 2016. In comparison, the number of males entering the state's system increased by almost 400 percent in the same time period.
Eighty-one percent of women in the Texas correctional system are reported to be mothers. In what ways are Texas families and the economy affected by the increasing population of incarcerated women?
What led to the uptick of women being arrested, sentenced and imprisoned? How do domestic violence, substance abuse and mental health factor into the equation?
What gender-unique issues do female prisoners experience? What kinds of gender disparities exist in Texas’ criminal justice system, and how could they be remedied?
- Lindsey Linder, senior policy analyst for the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition
- Cary Aspinwall, investigative reporter for the Dallas Morning News
- Geary Reamey, professor at St. Mary's University School of Law and a consultant and regular lecturer for law enforcement agencies, the criminal defense bar and the judiciary
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