She was the first, and last, woman ever imprisoned there, and was held in deplorable conditions including isolation and twenty-four hour observation.
Unlike prisons designed for men in the United States, state prisons for women evolved in three waves, as described in historical detail in "Partial Justice: Women in State Prisons" by Nicole Hahn Rafter.
First, women prisoners were imprisoned alongside men in "general population," where they were subject to sexual attacks and daily forms of degradation.
From 2010 to 2013 the numbers fell for both genders, -0.8% for males and -0.5 for females.
For jails the figures for 2000–10 are 1.8% for males and 2.6% for females, while for 2010–13 they are -1.4% for males and 3.4% for females.
This article discusses the incarceration of women in prisons within the United States.