Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Thumbs down: Behind bars

Posted By on Tue, Jul 21, 2009 at 4:00 AM

The number of women being sentenced to Indiana prisons has jumped by 61 percent during this decade. In 2000, 1,447 women were serving time in Indiana; in 2008, that number increased to 2,332. This far outpaced a 24 percent nationwide increase of female convicts. During the same time period, the number of men imprisoned in Indiana increased from 18,364 to 25,011, a jump of 36 percent. Theft and receiving stolen property is the most common crime committed by Indiana women (19 percent). The Indiana prison system now operates at 99 percent capacity.

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