Incarcerated women are 30 times more likely to be raped than free women. Even though women account for less than 10% of inmates, their reports account for three quarters of assaults, and almost three-quarters of staff are men.
“I can assure you there is no institution more hierarchical, dominance-oriented, patriarchal and based on the threat and promise of violence than an American prison. This is not an accident; it is by design.”
There’s no good reason why the Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act hasn’t already been made law or been brought to the floor for the vote it deserves.
In season six of “Orange Is the New Black,” the women of Litchfield aren’t wearing makeup like they used to.
We need more than benign purpose to craft policy. What women are facing now in the criminal justice system is proof.
For women to have dignity in prison, institutions must model the same responsibility for bad behavior that the criminal justice system bestows upon them.
Women don’t just face the prison industrial complex. They face a prison abuse complex—and their untreated victimization puts them at higher risk for incarceration.