Intersection of Domestic Violence and the Prison System

During the last 5 decades, the number of women incarcerated in the United States has increased 14 times. This number is made up overwhelmingly of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and like much of the prison system, people of color. In Dr. Karen L. Cox’s recent opinion piece (link below), she traces the roots of these inequities through history and highlights what legislators are working on now to combat this. This discussion of the intersection of domestic violence and the prison system is one that is much needed during October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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