The war on drugs, get-tough-on- crime initiatives, equity sentencing guidelines, welfare law changes under the Welfare Reform Act, Family Law, laws regarding prenatal drug use, etc. have had a
profound impact on the lives of poor women of color, their incarceration rates, and their incarceration and post-incarceration experiences.
What are the the special needs of female inmates incarcerated under these relatively new initiatives? What are the the likely outcomes of punitive incarceration approaches? What community- based,
or jail-based, rehabilitation alternatives might better address the needs of women and girls?