Extreme Sentences Disproportionately Impact and Harm Black Women

September 2021

An article from National Black Women’s Justice Institute


“More than 26% of people arrested are Black—more than double our share of the total general population. And although there is much data and research about this, most of it focuses on the experiences of Black men. But given that in recent decades the incarceration rates of Black women have doubled the pace of Black men, it’s critical that we examine more closely the experiences of Black women and the criminal legal system, particularly Black women who are serving extreme sentences, as they are often overlooked.”

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