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NCJ Number: 134987 Find in a Library
Title: In the Decade of the Child: Addicted Mothers, Imprisonment and Alternatives
Author(s): J Murphy; N Johnson; W Edwards
Corporate Author: New York State Coalition for Criminal Justice, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 41
Sponsoring Agency: Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Foundation
New York, NY 10005
National Institute of Justice/
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Document: PDF
Type: Legislation/Policy Description
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This program examines current policy and programs for drug abusing female offenders and their children in New York State.
Abstract: The most remarkable finding from interviews with addicted women in community programs was that no matter how limited the services offered by a program, responses from the women were overwhelmingly positive. Most of the women in prison had not been offered any drug treatment programs that were alternatives to incarceration, even though their arrest histories clearly revealed that they were drug abusers. The issue of children in a residential program was ambiguous. Separation from newborns apparently caused mothers more anxiety than separation from older children. The proposed model program would be a residential alternative to incarceration for women only. It would include group and individual counseling on an as-needed basis. A program specifically for mothers with newborns would include family counseling sessions in which the entire family can talk about the addiction problem. The program would include AIDS education, vocational training, and a comprehensive followup program that would last 1 year after release; this may include shared living space with other recovering addicts and their children. A strong support component would be provided for women in their home communities, particularly in drug-infested areas. The program should be operated by dedicated administrative personnel and staff.
Main Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Female offenders
Index Term(s): Children of drug abusers; Drug treatment; Families of inmates; New York
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