Although, men are the majority in correction departments in several nations or states, the population of women in prisons is on the increase. In prison, women undergo various and several challenges. However, most of these challenges differ from those their male counterparts suffer. At the same time, they are highly or greatly influenced by their experiences and stay in prisons. Although violence is there even among women, research indicates that most of the offenses that make women find themselves in jail are no-violent. Among women also, there are usually re-arrests and reconvictions.
As mentioned earlier, a huge difference exists between violence rates in women and male counterparts. Their pathways to the criminal justice systems may be completely different from those of male offenders. These women entering prisons may have had difficulties and several life challenges. To start with, they may have been victims of abuse as well as violence. Also, victimization for some of the women is an issue. These women may also have been involved in harmful activities as drugs and substances abuse. Apart from these issues, the women are very connected to their children, families as well as their friends. Their exposures to harsh conditions as well as abuses may contribute to their presence in criminal justice. The unhealthy relationships also may lead them into committing crimes. Most of these women in correction institutions are also poverty victims. It could be that their struggles towards feeding and caring for families exposed them to some of the crimes. It is, therefore, clear that most women in prison did not commit crimes with the intentions of committing them or harming but with the intent of taking food home as well as maintaining shelter for themselves and their children. Unfortunately, the justice systems do not make any considerations when it comes to crimes committed by women.
Since most of the justice systems have been designed to deal with criminals, women in prison get harsh treatments. To start with, their meals are not usually carefully or properly prepared. They may also get verbal, physical or even sexual assaults from other criminals or even the prison workers. During this time, they are separated from their families, especially their children. They can, however, learn better survival skills as a result of their stay in prison. At the same time, they realize the difficulty that encompasses prison life.