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NCJ Number: 152543 Find in a Library
Title: Tea Ceremony and Tatami Mat Making: Gender Differences in Access to Educational Programs in Japanese Prisons
Journal: Prison Journal  Volume:74  Issue:4  Dated:special issue (December 1994)  Pages:462-473
Author(s): J Gerber; S L Weeks; F Denq
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 12
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study compared access to educational programs in Japanese prisons for male and female inmates.
Abstract: Data collection, which was conducted during early 1992 in Japan, was done with a questionnaire administered in two prisons near Tokyo. A total of 101 inmates in the female prison were surveyed, and 73 inmates in the male prison participated. In addition, researchers conducted personal interviews with 14 male and 10 female inmates, as well as some correctional officers in both institutions. Researchers also reviewed documents and other information from the two prisons as well as information provided by the Japanese Ministry of Justice. Given the research on educational programs in prisons in several nations, the study hypothesized that Japanese female inmates would have less access to programs than would men and that the programs to which they did have access would be gender stereotyped. With one significant qualification, the data support this hypothesis. The qualification is that although female inmates generally had less access to educational programs than men, male inmates apparently did not have much access to prison education programs either. 2 tables and 35 references
Main Term(s): Corrections policies
Index Term(s): Criminology; Female inmates; Female sex roles; Foreign correctional systems; Gender issues; Inmate Education Assistance Programs; Inmate vocational training; Japan
Note: Presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Phoenix, Ariz., October 1993.
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