03/04/2013 01:10 pm ET

Incarceration Rate For Hispanic Women Rose 43 Percent In The Last Decade

Last week, The Sentencing Project Executive Director Marc Mauer released findings from a new policy report evaluating female incarceration trends.

“We’ve been looking at race and incarceration for well over two decades,” he said. “The story in general has been a discouraging one. We’ve seen high–almost shockingly high–rates of incarceration for African-American men in particular, but increasingly for women of color.”

In the new Sentencing Project analysis, however, Mauer said there is currently a “shift” in the racial dynamics of incarceration, specifically regarding females in United States prisons.

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