The Vera Institute of Justice Finds 86% of Women in Jail are Victims of Past Sexual Violence, CNN Reports

Posted on September 6, 2017

Booker and Warren: Women in prison deserve dignity

Originally Published in CNN on September 5, 2017
Written by Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren

The Vera Institute of Justice published a study that found 86% of women in jail are victims of past sexual violence and 77% are victims of partner violence. This alludes to a trend that has been commonly referred to as the abuse-to-prison pipeline. One Justice Department study found that a quarter of women in state prison were sexually abused as children, while another study found that 43% of women in jail — nearly half — suffer from serious mental health problems. The Federal Bureau of Prisons recently decided to provide sanitary products to female inmates free of charge — implementing one of the reforms called for in the Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act.

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