More women incarcerated in Colorado in last 30 years

Next with Kyle Clark. 9/12/2016

KUSA - Colorado is in line with a national trend: More women are ending up in prison.

The Colorado Department of Corrections provided data to 9News from 1983 to the present. In 1983, 117 women were in Colorado prisons. This year, there were 1,877 women in prison.

The number of men in prisons and jails vastly outweighs women, but the rate of women ending up behind bars is outpacing the rate of men.

“The pathways to jail are different than they are for men. Women typically come to jail for non-violent crimes and many times they’re trauma related, they’ve seen some kind of trauma in their life.  As well as mental illness and drugs,” Chief Connie Coyle said with the Denver Sheriff’s Department, which runs the Denver County Jail.

Denver didn’t have as much data, but Coyle said in 2012, females represented 12 percent of the jail’s population. This year females were 14 percent.

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