THE FEMALE INCARCERATED POPULATION IN THE U.S. CONTINUES TO GROW AT ALARMING RATES
More woman are entering the United States Prison System than any other country in the world!
WHY ARE SO MANY WOMAN COMMITTING CRIMES? AND, AFTER INCARCERATION, WHY ARE SO MANY WOMEN BECOMING RE-OFFENDERS?
Many of the women sitting behind prison bars are wounded, broken individuals, who are in desperate need of inner healing and restoration. Women offenders have often faced different life circumstances than the average male offender, yet the rehabilitation efforts for both females and males are typically treated as one in the same.
Although women offenders have victimized others through their crimes, most of them are also victims. Studies show 57.2 percent of females report abuse before admission to state prison versus 16.1 percent males. Additionally 6 in 10 women in state prison had experienced physical or sexual abuse in the past (U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, published December 1999). THESE WOMEN HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS THAT MUST BE ADDRESSED!
Too frightened to expose their own vulnerability, very few female offenders actually address their past issues and heal. Life’s adversities and their own low self-esteem often keeps them bound. As a result they remain stagnant- a prisoner both emotionally and physically. Undoubtedly, these women need help! But the help they need must come in a form that they will be receptive to receive. They need guidance to shed unwarranted fear, guilt, shame and anger to become emotionally free. They need a voice of reason that they can recognize, believe and understand. That voice can be found in the Voices of Consequences Enrichment Series VOC Series) created by an inmate, Jamila T. Davis, for inmates!