View From A Maximum Security Women’s Prison


Over 200,000 women are in prison and jail in the United States; more than one million are under criminal justice supervision.

The CIVpinnumber of women in prison has grown by over 800% in the past three decades – that’s twice the rate of men. Two-thirds are there for non-violent offenses, many of them drug-related.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky said ‘the degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.’ In December of 2009, I spoke with my cousin Jordan Mills, who was formerly incarcerated at Florida’s Broward Correctional Facility. She gave KPFA 94.1 FM’s Full Circle listeners a glimpse of life in one of America’s maximum security women’s prisons.

If you want to learn more about advocating for people incarcerated in America’s prison system, check out the Prison Activist Resource Center or give them a call here in Oakland, 510-893-4648.


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