Wisconsin's female incarceration rate of 112 per 100,000 women ranks it above El Salvador where, as a new report puts it, "abortion is illegal and women are routinely jailed for having miscarriages."
Only Thailand has a higher female incarceration rate (130) than the United States (127).
"In the U.S., we are not only incarcerating women far more than nearly all other nations, but we are also incarcerating women far more than we have done in the recent past," according to the report, States of Women's Incarceration: The Global Context. "The sudden growth of incarceration in our country has been staggering; our incarceration rate nearly tripled between 1980 and 1990."
Gretchen Schuldt is executive director of the Wisconsin Justice Initiative.
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