Sep 22 2015

How Women and Girls Suffer In Our System of Mass Incarceration

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GUEST: Michele Goodwin, Professor of Law and Chancellor’s Chair at the University of California, Irvine, and Founding Director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy.

Click HERE to watch the live stream of the Summit.

The International Business Times published an investigative report on Monday about how some states are now requiring inmates released on bail to pay for their own ankle monitoring bracelets. The report pointed out how poor Americans in particular, who get caught in the criminal justice system, are further impoverished by being forced to pay for their monitoring.

A county in South Carolina contracts a private company called Offender Management Services to use GPS technology for this purpose. The company charges the people it monitors $300 per month, plus a $179.50 set-up fee. The story highlights the absurd depths to which the US justice system has fallen.

Mass incarceration has finally become the topic of much discussion and one group of academics and legal experts who are especially focusing on women and girls is convening today at the University of California, Irvine.

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