Women Behind Bars

Thirteen years after Sierra Leone's long civil war came to an end, its broken institutions and weak development indicators continue to impact on the lives of its people. Aside from the usual grim data, one statistic stands out: the number of female prisoners has doubled over the past three years. This is a trend we now see in many countries around the world. This film follows two paralegals, Marvelle and Victoria, as they navigate their way through the criminal justice system, helping us answer the question: why is the number of women in prison increasing?