According to a 2009 report from the Women’s Prison Association (WPA) Institute On Women & Criminal Justice, a whopping 75 percent of imprisoned women are Mothers. So who is raising the children…pertainent rhetorical!?
Unlike the disproportionate numbers in male prisons, White women make up the majority of female prisoners at 45 percent, according to the WPA’s findings. Black women accounted for 32 percent, while Hispanic women came in last at 16 percent. However, recent arrests of Black women, especially Mothers, may skew the facts as there appears to be a growing trend that suggests numbers are increasing for women of color.