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Updated: 07/17/2014 08:00:01AM

Growing female inmate population a troubling trend

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Americans, on the whole, are content to support a very large prison population. Although the number of incarcerated citizens is actually falling, one troubling trend more than offsets that superficially good news. There are more women in American prisons and jails than ever before.

In just three decades, the number of women behind bars has gone up more than eightfold. That has spurred calls for a new effort to meet the special needs of female prisoners. Some attention has also been focused on the role of the drug war in sending so many women to jail.

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