Number of women in federal prisons is up, and advocates think they know why – CBC

by ahnationtalk on October 11, 201747 Views

Community services lag and more women turning to crime, according to Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies

Oct 11, 2017

The number of women in federal prisons has jumped significantly in Canada in the last decade, and advocates say that’s evidence of what happens when community support programs are cut.

There are 37 per cent more women behind bars than there were 10 years ago (from 502 in 2007 to 688 this year), according to Ivan Zinger, Canada’s correctional investigator, who serves as an ombudsman for federal inmates. He said women are one of the fastest-growing populations in the federal system.

Many have been victims of crime themselves, he said. More than two-thirds report being sexually abused at some point in their lives, and nearly 90 per cent were physically abused.

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