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Unlocking Justice: The Changing Racial Dynamics of Women’s Incarceration

October 15, 2013
This webinar provided an overview of The Sentencing Project's report, The Changing Racial Dynamics of Women's Incarceration, documenting the dramatic shift in the racial composition of the women's prison population from 2000 to 2009.

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.

The webinar slides are available here, and a video recording can be viewed here.

 
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