Women prisoners face more disciplinary action than men, including solitary confinement for nonviolent infractions

Two months in solitary confinement. The offense? Working an extra shift in the prison cafeteria. And the prisoner said she had permission to cover the shift. The Chicago Reporter, the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and NPR investigated disciplinary actions in Illinois state prisons and found that women are disciplined at higher rates than men, despite the fact that men are more violent. Women prisoners are often cited for subjective, minor behaviors that aren’t a safety threat to prisoners and prison staff — like playing Scrabble solo. Over-punishment can be a triggering event for women inmates, many of whom are abuse victims, exacerbating the trauma and delaying rehabilitation.

[Chicago Reporter]

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