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The Cost of Women in Prison

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Pamela Winn says the worst thing about being in prison is the time you lose with your family.

“You can always make money back, but you can’t get your time back, the time that I lost I can never get that back,” she said.

Winn served five years in prison for bank fraud. She said she wasn’t able to see her sons the whole time she was there.

Studies by the American Civil Liberties Union show a growing number of women nationwide are being locked up.

WGXA worked to find out if that trend is true in Georgia.

Using data from the Georgia Department of Corrections, we found the number of women serving time in state prisons has grown by 25 percent in the last 15 years.

We also filed open records requests to several county jails to find if the trend continues locally.

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To find out what we discovered, tune into FOX24 at 10 p.m. Wednesday night.

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