1 in 5 women in Japan’s prisons are elderly, 90% of whom are arrested for shoplifting. Many of these women are intentionally trying to get sent to jail, in order to escape impoverished or lonely lives. As prisoners they get relief from the stresses of life on their own, and they find a sense of community that they didn’t have on the outside. Learn more by watching the video.
Poverty, loneliness, or something else: Why are elderly women in Japan trying to get thrown into prison?