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For Women Behind Bars Conditions Couldn't Be Worse

While women are being incarcerated in record numbers, the abuse they face in jail remains invisible.
This shouldn't come as a surprise: prison is not a fun place to be for anyone, but especially not for women. Why is it so bad for women, you ask?

Well, for one thing, because of drug war policies that have a disproportionate impact on women, more women than ever are ending up in America's prisons and jails.

And once they're there, the conditions are even worse than the horrid conditions in men's prisons. In some states, there is so little room available in women's prisons, that women are being randomly assigned to men's prisons, where they are segregated, their freedom of movement is even more limited, and they face other discrimination with regard to the availability of education, job training, etc.

But wait! There's more!
Bean is a third-year law student in New York City. Her blogging focuses on the intersections of criminal justice, reproductive rights, gender equality, and drug policy.
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