Date of Graduation
Master of Arts in Sociology (MA)
Sociology and Criminology
Second Committee Member
Imprisonment;Racial Disparities;Women's Imprisonment
The total imprisonment rate in the United States, and racial disparity in imprisonment, have decreased substantially since 2008 (Carson, 2020), but research has not examined if disparity in women’s imprisonment rates has also declined, or what accounts for these changes. Guided by prior research and theory, this study examines racial differences in women’s prison admission rates from 2000 to 2019 in 25 states. Analyses examine changes over time, by state, and the effects of social structural characteristics that prior research has shown to be associated with women’s imprisonment disparities. Initial findings indicate that disparity has decreased, substantially, due to both decreasing prison admissions among Black women, and rising prison admissions among White non-Hispanic women.
Onwuadiamu, G. O. (2023). Racial Disparities in Women’s Imprisonment. Graduate Theses and Dissertations Retrieved from https://scholarworks.uark.edu/etd/4863
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