H.3586 An Act relative to justice-involved women

Type:  Criminal Justice and Women's Corrections 

Women are a rapidly growing incarcerated population in Massachusetts. An estimated 85% of women offenders commit nonviolent crimes. Seventy-five percent of incarcerated women are mothers, most are single parents, and 66% had custody of their children prior to arrest. Women offenders are known to be victims of abuse,  have more mental health concerns and longer histories of substance abuse. Therefore, it is in the public interest of the Commonwealth to promote the general welfare of its families by utilizing the best available data to offer trauma-informed and gender-specific approaches to diversion, programming, re-entry and rehabilitation programs for incarcerated women.