Crime has apparently become an equal-opportunity activity, according to a report from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics.
The report, released Sunday to the Associated Press, says that women are now 7 percent of the inmate population in state and federal prisons. More telling, women now account for one in every four arrests.
In West Virginia, the total prison population grew by 6.6 percent in 2004, from 4,715 to 5,206. With average annual costs for incarcerating one inmate topping $20,000, that's a trend to watch.
Just recently West Virginia opened the Martinsburg Correctional Center, which will function as a temporary home for up to 120 men convicted of felony charges.