According to the American Civil Liberties Union, or the ACLU, incarceration in the United States is a real issue, especially when considering women and mothers in prison. Only 5% of the world’s female population lives in the United States, however almost ⅓ of all female prisoners in the entire world are located in the U.S. This fact isn’t the only disturbing thing about prison-nation and women’s involvement.
The ACLU explains that in many states women are still shackled when in labor and even during delivery. Forcing these women to still be chained during labor and delivery only creates these extremely strenuous and physical acts to be even more challenging. It’s absolutely unimaginable to go through what these mothers have to unless you have been in their shoes before.
Furthermore, women are separated from their children due to excessive incarceration. 80% of women in jail are mothers, most of these mothers being the primary caretaker of their children. This causes the children to experience trauma and feelings of isolation.
One of the last points that the ACLU hit is the fact that 25% of women in jail are there for drug charges. They explain that these women don’t need jail time, they need counseling, rehab, and treatment. I believe the ACLU states it the best by saying that “We must divest from mass incarceration and invest in our families and children instead.”