First Advisor

Sarahfina Peterson

Date of Award

Fall 12-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Political Science and University Honors


Political Science




Incarcerated, Black women, unjust, discorporate, prisons




The incarceration rates of Black women in America surpass even all other demographics. Yet, Black women are often not on the news when discussing prison rates in the United States. Rather we see Black men, Hispanic men, and so forth. While these people do make up large portions of the prison system they are seeing a decline in their incarceration rates. Black women are often pushed to the sidelines when discussing matters that can be seen as central to their livelihoods.

This thesis addresses the intersectionality that only Black women experience and how that affects their imprisonment rates and experiences relating to the carceral system. This is done by breaking down how each aspect of intersectionality operates on its own and in conjunction with one another. Furthermore, this article will be discussing the social and political mechanisms that disproportionately and negatively affect Black women and how it has led to them being unnoticed for so long by the media.


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