Women in Prison: Seeking Justice Behind Bars
Evidence shows that women often enter prison with different offending histories and with life experiences distinct from their male counterparts, so they likely have different needs due to these differential factors. 67
67 McLearen Statement, at 1; Emily Mooney, Criminal Justice Policy Associate, R Street Institute, Written Statement for the Women in Prison: Seeking Justice Behind Bars Briefing before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Feb. 22, 2019, at 1-3 (hereinafter Mooney Statement); Emily Salisbury, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Written Statement for the Women in Prison: Seeking Justice Behind Bars Briefing before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Feb. 22, 2019, at 2-9 (hereinafter Salisbury Statement).
At the Commission’s briefing, Emily Mooney of R Street Institute provided written testimony stating that, “while both incarcerated men and women are often living in poverty prior to their time behind bars, women are even less likely to be employed full-time prior to their incarceration and report lower pre-incarceration incomes than males.”78