This article discusses the incarceration of women in correctional facilities. According to a study reported in September by the International Center for Prison Studies,   as of Augustacross the world,women and children are being held in penal institutions with the female prison population growing on all five continents. Globally, women form an underrepresented population within prison systems, as the vast majority of incarcerated peoples are men. This disparity is largely due to both tangible demographic differences between the severity of crimes committed by male and female prison populations, as well as a persistent belief by society at large that female criminals are better able to be rehabilitated than their male counterparts.
There are 47 pregnant women currently in prison across England and Wales, the government has revealed.
The incarceration of women in the United States refers to the imprisonment of women in both prisons and jails in the United States. There are approximatelyincarcerated women in the US according to a November report by the Prison Policy Initiative and the rate of incarceration of women in the United States is at a historic and global high, with women in correctional facilities per everyfemale citizens. The conditions of correctional facilities which house women can be a major cause of health and human rights concerns.
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