Caught in the Net
Publication Date: August 2008
Publisher(s): Brennan Center for Justice
Keywords: Drug Policy; Women in Prison; Racial Profiling
Who ever heard of a female drug lord? As the terms kingpin and drug lord denote, men are almost always those at the head of major drug operations, and yet the rate of imprisonment of women for drug crimes has far outpaced that of men. Families and children suffer but why? Either we have turned a blind eye or we simply misunderstand womens experiences with drugs. This report begins a new dialogue and insists on answers to questions about women and drugs, and the laws and policies that should be in place.