Canada sees female incarceration rate double.

Author:Gormsen, Lia
Position:News Briefs

In the past decade, the number of women starting federal prison sentences in Canada has grown by more than 50 percent, reported Canwest News Service. In 2001-2002, there were 202 women admitted to federal custody; in 2008-2009, there were 313 women admitted, a 55 percent increase. Women make up 4 percent of the total federal prison population in Canada, and, for the most part, they fit a particular profile. They are primarily poor or homeless, undereducated, have addiction or mental-health problems, and have histories of physical or sexual abuse. And, according to Ivan Zinger, executive director and general counsel at the Office for the Correctional Investigator of Canada, because...

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