By telesur. Over 53 percent of women in Mexican prisons are being held for low-level drug offenses. Most of these women are from lower income families and are mothers or heads of household, so their incarceration has a huge impact on the family and future generations, according to women’s rights activists. “Most women are poor and marginalized and return to the same scenario, but with the added stigma of having been in prison which reduces their opportunities,” criminologist and anthropologist Elena Azaola Garrido told teleSUR Sunday, referring to life after these women are released from prison.
Azaola Garrido, as well as Mexico’s women’s rights organization, Equis, have long been fighting for prison reform for women in the country. This begins with changing Mexico’s policing and judicial system and how they treat low-level drug-related crimes, but also how they detain women, particularly those with families. This content was originally published by teleSUR at the following address: