Instead, data released this week shows that the number of female prisoners in the world has in fact grown by more than 50% in recent years, with an even greater increase in certain parts of the world, including the United States.
Globally, there are more than 714,000 women and girls held in prisons, according to the World Female Imprisonment List, released by the University of London’s Institute for Criminal Policy Research. In the year 2000 that number was just 466,000 inmates.
And the increase is consistent across every continent."
Read artricle by Colleen Curry from Global Citizen.