Master of Liberal Studies Research Papers

Date of Award


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Research Paper

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Master of Liberal Studies (MLS)


The number of females being incarcerated is rising, and more and more women are being separated from their families. The main cause of this high increase in the female incarceration rate is due to the previous anti-drug acts and laws. Because a larger female population is behind bars, many more people are feeling a growing number of effects. The higher female incarceration rate places a larger burden on taxpayers and the family, particularly the children, of the inmate. Because of these impacts, remedies, such as appropriate treatment and changes in the sentencing guidelines, are needed to combat the problem of women disappearing into prison. This paper looked into past studies, mostly quantitative, that have focused on this phenomenon of higher female incarceration rates, its impacts, and its possible solutions.


Copyright 2007 Lorena Tiemann


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