Number of Alabama Women Prisoners Increases 930%

Since 1978, the number of women prisoners in Alabama has increased by more than 900-percent.

In 1978, the total of women in state and federal lock-ups was at 257.

That year, Alabama ranked 13th in the nation for number of women prisoners.

In 2012, there were 2649 women in Alabama prisons both state and federal.

That’s a 930.7 percent increase from 1978.

Only Oklahoma, Idaho and Kentucky had more women in prison per every 100,000 in state population in 2012.

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