|Growing number of Nevada women incarcerated for non-violent crimes|
|By nevadacurrent.com- Michael Lyle|
Nearly 80 percent of the 1,200 women imprisoned in Nevada are incarcerated for non-violent crimes, often as not a drug-related offense. Last year, more than half of women who entered prison were first-time offenders. And in Nevada, as in the nation, the incarceration rate for women is rising faster than for men.
While Nevada policymakers research the state’s increasing incarceration rate and ways to remedy it, criminal justice experts have a message for lawmakers: Don’t forget women.
A recent report from the Crime and Justice Institute shows that Nevada’s female inmate population has grown 39 percent in the last decade.
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