➡ From Child Welfare Information Gateway NJ:
US: Why Are There So Many Women in Jail?
The Nation – August 22, 2016
There are 14 times more women in jail in this country today than there were in the 1970s. That’s not a typo. Even a few days in jail could trigger a child welfare agency intervention, sweeping a child into foster care and launching a separate legal quagmire in family court. Trapped in the negative feedback loop between the child welfare and criminal justice systems, a woman just released from prison-often facing joblessness, poverty and perhaps ongoing mental health or substance abuse issues-may end up losing her parental rights in family court if she cannot meet the strict requirements for family reunification. Also: What’s Driving Women’s Skyrocketing Incarceration Rates?: https://rewire.news/article/2016/08/22/whats-driving-womens-skyrocketing-incarceration-rates/