Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Incarceration of Women in Oklahoma

A recent AlterNet article reports Oklahoma's incarceration of women ranks us as:

"one of the highest per capita rates -- 129 per 100,000 residents, a figure that is right behind Texas, the federal system and California. Oklahoma’s imprisonment of women rose a stunning 1,237 percent from 1997 to 2004."
The author, Silja J.A. Talvi, focuses on drug addiction as a contributing cause for so many women in prison today. Talvi is an investigative journalist and the author of Women Behind Bars: The Crisis of Women in the U.S. Prison System which was published in 2007 by Seal Press, a publishing house "by women, for women."

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