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date: 15 August 2018

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This article summarizes the incidence of women in the United States who have been sentenced to prison as a consequence of a felony conviction for violation of state or federal laws. It also describes their characteristics and co-occurring health conditions; issues that contribute to women’s experiences after release from prison, including those that lead to success and failure during re-entry; and gendered practices and policies that provide alternatives to incarceration.

Keywords: criminal legal system, incarcerated women, nonviolent offenders, parole, racial disproportionality, recidivism

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