Unequal Justice

a woman driver in saudi arabia

Saudi women can drive, but are their voices being heard?

At this juncture, reforms in women’s rights demonstrate that the kingdom is en route to modernizing. However, some of the actions of Saudi authorities — such as the arrest of prominent women's rights activists — are seemingly at odds with the image the reforms want to project.

Saudi women can drive, but are their voices being heard?
A woman in a factory

In one Oklahoma county, the number of women in prison is falling. This treatment program might be why.

In one Oklahoma county, the number of women in prison is falling. This treatment program might be why.
Cherise Greer

Here's a list of ways to help women who've been incarcerated

Here's a list of ways to help women who've been incarcerated
Medium close up of Mo Korchinski sitting in a coffee shop.

Many women come out of prison with almost nothing. This woman helps them through the first 72 hours.

Many women come out of prison with almost nothing. This woman helps them through the first 72 hours.
Cherise Greer in the backyard of her home in Duncan, Oklahoma.

'I don't want to miss any more': One woman tries to stay clean and out of jail

'I don't want to miss any more': One woman tries to stay clean and out of jail
Two men and two women stand together next to a court house.

Can First Nations Court stop Indigenous women from ending up in prison?

"People really had compassion, affection, understanding and patience — something that you don't get in regular court." That's how one Indigenous woman describes her day in First Nations Court.

Can First Nations Court stop Indigenous women from ending up in prison?
Inmates

A US-style drug war brings a terrible cost: Thai prisons packed full of women

But drug policy liberalizers are convinced that in coming years, the drug war will recede and a more merciful approach will take its place.

A US-style drug war brings a terrible cost: Thai prisons packed full of women
Nancy Polanco Najera

As more women are incarcerated in Mexico, so are their babies

"Why is this kid in here?" one man says of the girl he adopted, who lived with her mom in prison until several years ago.

As more women are incarcerated in Mexico, so are their babies
X-ray conveyor belt with luggage.

She was arrested for carrying a suitcase lined with cocaine into Canada. Her court case changed the law.

Cheyenne Sharma admitted transporting more than 4 pounds of cocaine into Canada. But her lawyers put the country's colonial history on trial.

She was arrested for carrying a suitcase lined with cocaine into Canada. Her court case changed the law.
A portrait of inmate Carmela Rodriguez Reyes in Mexico.

Women filling Mexico's prisons are the 'lowest rungs of the drug trade'

The number of women going to jail in Mexico is on the rise. Many are single moms trying to support their families.

Women filling Mexico's prisons are the 'lowest rungs of the drug trade'
The icon for female is behind bars surrounded by a brick wall.

There are more women in prison than ever before

Our series takes a global look at the problem: why women are ending up in prison, what it's like for them inside and how activists are fighting to keep people out.

There are more women in prison than ever before
women at a prison

As opioids land more women in prison, Ohio finds alternative treatments

"We cannot arrest our way out of the problem," some advocates say.

As opioids land more women in prison, Ohio finds alternative treatments