78% of women behind bars are mothers; 60% have children younger than 18 years old.



         The Cycle Must Be Broken !!!

Staggering National Statistics


  • The US is 5% of the world’s population and has 25% of the world’s prisoners.
  • 1 in 99.1 adults is incarcerated.
  • 3.2% of the US population is under some form of correctional control.
  • 66% of men behind bars are fathers.
  • 600,000 returning citizens each year.
  • 66% will return back to prison in 1 – 3 years.

Statistics Specific to Women

  • 78% of women behind bars are mothers.
  • Over the last 30 years, the female prison population has grown by 800%.
  • Nearly two-thirds of incarcerated women are in prison for non-violent crimes.
  • Studies show that women prisoners are more likely to have more serious drug problems.
  • 10 million children have one or both parents in the penal system.
  • The recidivism rate for incarcerated women is 40%.
  • 40% of women leaving prison will return within 3 years of their release.
  • Recidivism rates for CMAT Mentees at MCIW is less than 9%
Statistics Sources: National Research Council (NRC), The recidivism on the States, Justice Department