17 - Women, Men, Prison and the Military Increase in number...

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Women, Men, Prison and the Military Increase in number of US women prisoners Women's incarceration increased at higher rate than men's increase started in late 1980s with “war on drugs” more women given prison time, longer sentences under mandatory sentencing laws women have less information to exchange for lighter sentences women used for organized crime activity because police less suspicious of them Women prisoners have gender-specific issues OB/gynecological care requires different health services More likely to be incarcerated far from home Have limited access to abortion services More likely to be raped, sexually abused by male prison staff Men still more likely to be incarcerated Men more likely to commit crimes Three theories explaining why men are more likely to be in prison masculinity theory – masculinity tend to lead men into violent activity opportunity theory – more opportunity to commit crimes economic marginalization theory – matrix of domination, gender implications
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