E.p.i.c. End Poverty and InCarceration for Women and Girls.

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End Poverty and InCarceration for Women and Girls.

Who We Are

The Ladies of Hope Ministries (The LOHM) mission is to create alternatives to incarceration, decarceration and post incarceration opportunities by providing access to resources for education, entrepreneurship, and sustainability through advocacy.



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By The Numbers

The effect of mass incarceration on women and girls


increase in women's incarceration


women in jail and prison


million women
under supervision in the criminal justice system

According to a June 2019 report by The Sentencing Project, the number of incarcerated women increased by more than 750% between 1980 and 2017, rising from 26,378 to 225,060. This is the result of stiffer drug sentencing laws, underdiagnosed and untreated trauma and mental health issues, and post-conviction barriers to reentry that uniquely affect women. The female incarcerated population stands nearly eight times higher than in 1980.


Source: Bronson, J. and Carson, E.A. (2019). Prisoners in 2017.
Washington, DC: Bureau of Justice Statistics.

63% women in state and federal prisons have been convicted of non-violent crimes. That figure jumps to 82% for women in local jails.

86% of women in jail have been victims of sexual violence or trauma.


Source: Ramona R. Rantala (2018). Sexual Victimization Reported by Adult
Correctional Authorities, 2012-15. Washington, DC: Bureau of Justice Statistics.


Source: Elizabeth Swavola, Kristine Riley, Ram Subramanian (2016). Overlooked: Women and
Jails in an Era of Reform. New York: Vera Institute of Justice.

Reports of sexual victimization for people in prison increase by 281% between 2011 and 2015. And while women represented 13% of the jail population between 2009 and 2011, they represented 67% of the victims of sexual violence

69% of women in prison and 72% of women in jail meet the diagnostic criteria for drug dependence and abuse.


Source: Bronson, J., Stroop, J., Zimmer, S., Berzofsky, M. (2017),. Drug Use, Dependence, and Abuse
Among State Prisoners and Jail Inmates, 2007-2009. Washington, DC: Bureau of Justice Statistics.


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The LOHM Office:
8 W 126 Street
New York, NY 10027

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The LOHM is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit EIN 83-2249413

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