Wednesday, August 17, 2016

A Step Toward Gender Equity

Thanks, no doubt, to second-wave feminism, America is moving quickly toward gender equity. Perhaps not at Facebook, where a recent effort to bring more diversity to the company has failed, but in the nation’s state and county jails where women have been catching up to men.

There, as opposed to Silicon Valley, the percentage of women in jail has spiked. It has increased fourteen fold. It has not quite reached parity with the male jail population but it is well on the way. It warms everyone's feminist heart to see men and women treated equally, don't you think?

On Wednesday, the Vera Institute of Justice and a program called theSafety and Justice Challenge released a report that found that the number of women in local jails in the United States was almost 14 times what it was in the 1970s, a far higher growth rate than for men, although there remain far fewer women than men in jails and prisons.

The study found that the number of women held in the nation’s 3,200 municipal and county jails for misdemeanor crimes or who are awaiting trial or sentencing had increased significantly — to about 110,000 in 2014 from fewer than 8,000 in 1970.

(Over all, the nation’s jail population increased to 745,000 in 2014 from 157,000 in 1970.)

Much of the increase in the number of jailed women occurred in counties with fewer than 250,000 people, according to the study, places where just 1,700 women had been incarcerated in 1970. By 2014, however, that number had surged to 51,600, the report said.

You’ve come a long way, baby!


Anonymous said...

Crooked Hillary should be joining those women. She won't be because she's special.

Sam L. said...

Loretta Lynch, too.