Women make up the fastest growing population of incarcerated people. This has given rise to talks about how short-term incarceration hurt women.
A study in the UK shows the short-term incarceration may take less than 30 days or a week. Sentencing women for minor offenses can easily have negative impacts on families. This is because women are more likely than men to be caregivers to their children and family.
Mothers & Women Affected Most by Short-Term Imprisonment
Re-offending may easily be encouraged. This is due to creating conditions that intensify the disadvantages women experience. In Britain, 70% of women are jailed on a short-term basis. The longest incarceration can be up to six months.
It is an argument that is coming up among activists that short-term incarceration does more harm than good. This is particularly to women.
Short-term incarceration should be rethought entirely before more damage is caused. Kate Paradine who is the chief executive of Women in Prison stated out four consequences of short-term incarceration.
- Lose of homes
- A woman may lose her children
- She is susceptible to losing her job
- Short-term incarceration can affect one’s brain
Incarcerating people for short-terms poses danger to an individual’s mental health. Women, in many cases, are the most affected.
Their aim as a UK-based group is to half the numbers of incarcerated women by 2020.
Most American Women Prisoners Are Mothers
It is no different from America that most of the detained women are mothers. This is according to the statistics from the Department of Justice. This is actually getting worse in American prisons:
- Black women from the age of 18 to 19 are three times more likely to be incarcerated than white women
- They are also likely to serve twice a sentence compared to the white women
- Black children inexplicably suffer when their mothers serve short-term sentences