78% of women behind bars are mothers; 60% have children younger than 18 years old.
The Cycle Must Be Broken !!!
Staggering National Statistics
** 2.3 MILLION ARE IN US PRISON SYSTEM **
- 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