The Vera Institute for Justice will hold a webinar on Friday, Jan. 7 at 11am EST to discuss their latest research report, which shows that while urban and suburban jail admissions have decreased, rural jail admissions have not.

According to the report, two-thirds of rural people incarcerated in county jails have not been convicted of a crime; as of spring last year, roughly half of all Americans in county jail are from rural areas.

From the report: “The number of women held in local jails and prisons has grown exponentially in the last several decades, outpacing rates of growth for men. Today, women in the U.S. are incarcerated at over 10 times the level in 1970, and this increase has been primarily driven by rural counties. Women are particularly vulnerable to the harms of incarceration for several reasons: the majority of women in custody have experienced trauma, have unmet mental and physical health needs, are single mothers, and come from low-income communities of color.

Black people are incarcerated at higher rates than white people across the rural-urban spectrum. Although urban areas still have the biggest racial disparities, they have made larger strides in reducing racial disparities over the past three decades than have rural counties and smaller cities, where total incarceration rates today are the highest.”

The report is the newest update of Vera’s Incarceration Trends Project, and uses more than forty years of jail and prison admissions data.

To read the report on Vera, click here.

To sign up for the webinar, click here.

SOURCE: The Rural Blog, Vera Institute for Justice