Monday, August 19, 2013

White female inmates on the rise in Ohio prisons

Ohio's fastest-growing prison trend: Locking-up white woman from rural communities according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

As the number of white woman in Ohio's prison surges, the experts are baffled.

White women, many from rural Ohio, are the fastest growing population in Ohio prisons. In fact, they made up 80 percent of the female felons sentenced to prison between June 30, 2012, and July 1, or fiscal year 2013, according to state records.

Compare that to fiscal year 2003, when white women sentenced to prison made up 55 percent of females in prison. In 1998, they made up 43 percent, according to state records.

On June 1, there were 3,974 female inmates in Ohio prisons; 2,962 were white, or nearly 75 percent.

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