In the latest from the CJ Project, Mary Hudetz reports on rising female prison rates in the U.S. The story focuses on Susan Hylton, 40, an Albuquerque-local who has struggled to recover from her past. She is one of the growing ranks of many U.S. women, many who are mothers and victims of domestic or childhood abuse, who have cycled through the criminal justice system. In New Mexico, the rise in the female prison population is so significant that a state sentencing commission predicts numbers within the next fiscal year will reach 810, a figure that exceeds the number of prison beds for women. More than half of inmates released from state prisons are arrested again within five years.
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