The LaPorte County Indiana Jail housed 1171 Female Inmates in 2009. This was twenty percent of the total jail population.
Approximately 85% are arrested for non-violent drug/alcohol offenses.
80% of Female Inmates have major histories of serious physical or sexual abuse.
The Recidivism (re-arrest)rate is approximately 75%.
Approximately 66% of Female Inmates are parents of children under age 18.
80% of Children of incarcerated parents go to a juvenile detention center by age 18.
WOW, almost 6000 inmates housed at some point in our jail in 2009. A place that holds a capacity total of approximately 400 at any given time. "Well it's out of control and we're not going to stop the criminological factor of our community now." I mean really, it's unstoppable. What can one person do? What will one person do? How are we going to impact these vast numbers, which only prove concrete evidence that we are in a downward spiral any way. Well, there isn't any one answer, just as there isn't any one person. After all it isn't just one problem. Who really cares about this mess? Maybe they shouldn't keep getting high, arrested, in trouble, thrown out, suspended. How convenient to believe it were this simple. IT IS NOT! But there is hope. Many "one's" add up to a likely impact, will we do one part?..Stay tuned, more hope tomorrow!