From 2000 to 2009 there was a dramatic shift in the racial composition of the women’s prison population. As documented in our report, The Changing Racial Dynamics of Women’s Incarceration, in 2000, African American women were incarcerated at 6 times the rate of white women. By 2009, that disparity had dropped by half, to less than three times the white rate.
Marc Mauer, The Sentencing Project’s Executive Director and the author of the report, presented a webinar on the dramatic shift in the racial composition of the women’s prison population from 2000 to 2009. Mauer discussed the reasons for these changes and offered recommendations for policy and practice reforms to address racial disparities in incarceration.