Far too many people are incarcerated in the United States and in Virginia. According to the Prison Policy Initiative, nearly 70,000 people were incarcerated in Virginia in 2018 – more than the entire population of cities such as Harrisonburg, Charlottesville and Blacksburg. What isn’t widely known is that women are the fastest growing group of incarcerated people in our state. Here we’ll explore why that is and what we can do about it.

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