While the overwhelming majority of people in prison in the United States are men, women are the fastest-growing group, with the majority coming from abusive home. In fact, the increase in the number of female prisoners has “outpaced that of men by more than 50 percent,” reports Adrienne Green.

“Women in prison are considerably more likely to have been diagnosed with a mental-health disorder, to have a substance abuse problem, to receive inadequate health care, or to report experiencing abuse before entering prison,” Green says, and “many have young children that they’ve lost custody of due to their prison sentences.”

Here, Green speaks with Bisera Habibija, a 10-year veteran and a lieutenant at Timpanogos Women’s Correctional Facility near Salt Lake City, about what the particular challenges of dealing with female prisoners.

Read more at The Atlantic

 

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