The range of statistics in the above chart illustrate how dire the issue of mass incarceration is for women. For instance, the number of women in prison has increased 860% over the past 30 years. Further, at the current rate 1 in 18 women will be incarcerated in their lifetime and, sadly. juvenile girls are the fastest growing prison population.
The vast majority of women are in captivity or under supervision for low level, non-violent charges. Many were also the scapegoat in their cases and sit in a cell while their co-defendants serve shorter sentences or go free. Others are eligible for release that is being unlawfully denied.
FF4L's advocacy approach for the legal cases we assist is to convene a braintrust of volunteer students, lawyers, paralegals as case requires. Case Assistance activities include research,compiling social biographies, collecting affidavits and other relevant materials.
FF4L's Women's National Advocacy Group (W-Nag) is often called upon to offer organizational support and galvanize communities around local or national issues facing justice-involved women.