Published: October, 2013| Marc Mauer

In February, The Sentencing Project released the report, “The Changing Racial Dynamics of Women’s Incarceration,” written by Marc Mauer. This webinar, presented by the report’s author, discusses the major findings of the report including how from 2000 to 2009 there was a dramatic shift in the racial composition of the women’s prison. The declining rates for African-Americans represent a significant shift in the racial makeup of America’s prisons and suggest that the disparities that have long characterized the prison population may be starting to diminish. Mr. Mauer discusses reasons for these changes in racial disparity among women in prison and offers recommendations needed in order to better understand the possible reasons for the changes and to address racial disparities in the use of incarceration.