Behind the Stories

There is a growing body of research about women, incarceration, and gender disparities within the justice system. Visit this space to explore studies and new data from leading researchers in the field of criminal justice reform.

A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project: A Case Study

Examines the ways A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project supports women’s growth and fights to reshape policies that drive overincarceration of women of color. Leap & Associates, December 2016.

A Shared Sentence: The devastating toll of parental incarceration on kids, families and communities

National policy report on trauma experienced by children with an incarcerated parent. Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2016.

Overlooked: Women and Jails in an Era of Reform

National report explores how jail deepens the societal disadvantages women face, what drives women’s incarceration and ways to reverse the trend. Vera Institute of Justice, 2016.

Breaking the Silence: Civil and Human Rights Violations Resulting from Medical Neglect and Abuse of Women of Color in Los Angeles County Jails

Investigative report on medical neglect and abuse of women in California jails and prisons. Dignity and Power Now, 2015.

Fact Sheet: Incarcerated Women and Girls

Tracks the growing involvement of women within the criminal justice system from 1980 to 2014. The Sentencing Project, November 2015.

Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced and Underprotected

Review of national data on harsher school discipline faced by girls of color and how school-to-prison pipeline efforts overlook their plight. African American Policy Forum and Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies, December 2014.