If I Were King for A Day: Violence Against Women in Prison

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Even in prison, patriarchy rules. It took what, less than a year to set up a hierarchy of respectability slanted towards a particular group?

Among convicted criminals.

Gotta enforce those social norms everywhere I guess.

Please keep these statistics in mind….

The war on drugs hit women extremely hard. Our society decided that women were better off incarcerated than increasing access to treatment for substance use for women.

40% of criminal convictions leading to the incarceration of women in 2000 were for drug crimes

Only about 18% of women in prison have been convicted because of violent conduct.

92% of all women in California prisons had been “battered and abused” in their lifetimes. #abusetoprison

Women of color are significantly overrepresented in the criminal justice system.

  • Black women represent 30% of all incarcerated women in the U.S, although they represent 13% of the female population generally
  • Hispanic women represent 16% of incarcerated women, although they make up only 11% of all women in the U.S.

Though I would like to see the ACLU do far more to serve the needs of women, their statistics will do for today.

I often wish I were a King, And then I could do anything.

If only I were King of Spain, I’d take my hat off in the rain.

If only I were King of France, I wouldn’t brush my hair for aunts.

I think, if I were King of Greece, I’d push things off the mantelpiece. I

If I were King of Norroway, I’d ask an elephant to stay.

If I were King of Babylon, I’d leave my button gloves undone.

If I were King of Timbuctoo, I’d think of lovely things to do.

If I were King of anything, I’d tell the soldiers, “I’m the King!” 

by A.A. Milne