What are characteristic family and background
factors among incarcerated women?
According to a report published by the Bureau of
Justice Statistics in 2000:
Incarcerated women are twice as likely as women
in the general population to have grown up in a
single parent household.
47% of female inmates (compared to 37% of
male inmates) had at least one immediate family
member who had been incarcerated.
One third of female inmates and one quarter of
male inmates report a parent/guardian abused
alcohol or drugs.
57% of women in state prisons reported that they
were physically and/or sexually assaulted at some
point in their lives.
Female inmates who had been abuse victims were
more likely to be imprisoned for a violent offense.
Most women in prison are unmarried.
Over one-third of imprisoned women had been
abused by an intimate in the past.