Hardships Black Women Face After Incarceration Revealed In First-Of-Its-Kind Study

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By Victor Trammell and Nomalanga Mhauli-Moses

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A new pioneering research study has shown the harsh reality that black women have to deal with even after they have dealt with the crippling experience of prolonged incarceration.

Just last month, the Prison Policy Initiative released the results of a first-of-its-kind study, which compared the difficulties that multiple American demographic groups have when they are released from prison. The main aspect of analysis was the unemployment rates of various formerly incarcerated people.

As a whole, the unemployment rate for all formerly incarcerated people is 27 percent, which is a rate five times higher than people who are unemployed that have not previously dealt with being sentenced to prison time, That is a major socioeconomic calamity in itself.

However, when it comes to black women in America who have had to deal with the dregs of this nation’s worst-in-the-world prison industrial complex, the burden is more dire than any other demographic that was analyzed in the Prison Policy Initiative’s revolutionary study.

“Formerly incarcerated Black women in particular experience severe levels of unemployment, whereas white men experience the lowest,” the study authors wrote.

“Overall, we see working-age ‘prison penalties’ that increase unemployment rates anywhere from 14 percentage points (for white men) to 37 percentage points (for Black women) when compared to their general population peers,” the study authors continued.

It was also found that when formerly incarcerated black women are fortunate enough to find work, part-time employment is all they are able to obtain. America is a society that prides itself on having the best level of economic opportunity in the world. The level of “freedom” here is also something that is bragged about.

However, at the very same time, this nation has the world’s largest prison population. It is not hard to find the gross irony in that. Finally, it is no surprise at all that black women are at the bottom of the list when it comes to the economic hardships they face after leaving prison and reentering the most oppressive society for them in the world.

For even more sobering information, read the full study by visiting the link to the research source given for this article below.

Source: https://www.prisonpolicy.org/reports/outofwork.html

 

 

 

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