Crime after Crime

On today's Your Call, we’ll talk to the creator of the documentary "Crime After Crime." The film shows one woman’s journey through a broken criminal justice system.  Women today are incarcerated at 11 times the rate they were in 1977.  What kind of policy reform could change this trend? How do poverty, abuse, and drugs factor into the imprisonment of women? Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org.  How will realignment affect women prisoners?  It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar and you.

California is home to the largest U.S. women’s prison, located in Chowchilla. Women represent the fastest growing sector of the prison population nationwide and in the state. And the Habeas Project says about two-thirds of women behind bars report they are survivors of domestic abuse. One of those women was Deborah Peagler.

Peagler says her boyfriend started abusing her shortly after they began dating at age 15. She says he was upset with her because she refused to prostitute herself.