The number of Texas women awaiting trial in jail has jumped by 48 percent since 2011 while the number of men only increased by 11 percent. These numbers, as The Dallas Morning News found, don’t reflect any wider upward trend in Texas crime. In reality, women’s arrests have gone down by 20 percent and the number actually in prison has remained stable.

 These numbers actually reflect a trend of poor women unable to post bail and, more commonly, unable to pay fees associated with failed probation.