Nearly 150,000 incarcerated mothers spent mother's day apart from their children

Many are incarcerated awaiting trial simply because they can’t afford bail.

We go to the Prison Policy Initiative for an insight into mothers in prison. Below are excerpts from the study.

Summary By: Natalie Mattson
Summary By: Natalie Mattson

The Study's Critical Points

  • 58% of all women in U.S. prisons are mothers


  • 80% of women in jails are mothers, 55,000 women who are pregnant when they are admitted to jail.


  • An estimated 58,000 people every year are pregnant when they enter local jails or prisons.


  • Roughly 570,000 women living in the U.S. had ever been separated from their minor children by a period of imprisonment as of 2010.


  • An estimated 1.3 million people living in the U.S. had been separated from their mothers before their 18th birthdays due to their mothers’ imprisonment, also as of 2010.


  • The 1.9 million women released from prisons and jails every year have high rates of poverty, unemployment, and homelessness

VISUAL Breakdown


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