The View from Behind Bars

The number of women inmates tripled in the past decade. Most are mothers. They face a system designed and run by men for men

"In a small cramped room we would hold each other close, and he would say, 'Home, Mommy, home.' When our time was over, ((guards)) would literally have to pull him from my arms screaming, crying, kicking and shouting, 'Mommy, I want my mommy!' "

-- Terri E. Rachals, a prisoner at the Georgia Women's Correctional Institution, recalling a visit with her son, now seven

What is the fastest-growing group of women in the U.S.? Sadly, it may be women behind bars. The female population of American jails and prisons roughly tripled during the 1980s; in 1989 alone the number of women...

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