skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 153286 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Numbers and Characteristics of Drug-Using Women in the Criminal Justice System: Implications for Treatment
Journal: Journal of Drug Issues  Volume:23  Issue:1  Dated:(Winter 1993)  Pages:7-30
Author(s): J Wellisch; M D Anglin; M L Prendergast
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 24
Sponsoring Agency: California Dept of Alcohol and Drug Programs
Sacramento, CA 95814
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 91-IJ-CX-K009; DA00146
Contract Number: D-0004-9; PE-001-0
Type: Literature Review
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article reviews various data sources to determine the number and characteristics of drug-using women in the criminal justice system and draws implications for treatment.
Abstract: Many of the life experiences and needs of women offenders differ from those of men offenders; however, criminal justice institutional practices, services, and facilities have been fashioned for men. Currently, few jails and prisons have separate inmate classification and intake procedures for women, even though women have unique needs and manifest different behavior from men in custody. A large percentage of jails and prisons do not provide for the medical and psychological problems of chemically dependent women. Although most women offenders have children for whom they are or were responsible, few institutions provide facilities and child-care services needed to facilitate visits with children. Even though most women offenders are single mothers who obtain little or no financial help from the children's fathers, vocational training within corrections tends to reinforce traditional low-paying occupations for women. Although improvements in drug treatment services for drug-abusing women offenders are occurring in various sections of the criminal justice system, these fall short of addressing the variety of needs of these women. Further improvement will depend on a full recognition of the growing population of women offenders with drug problems and an effort to strengthen or create linkages among the various types of services provided to women offenders and between correctional and community-based treatment programs. 6 notes, 38 references, and appended tabular data
Main Term(s): Drug treatment
Index Term(s): Corrections; Courts; Drug offenders; Female offenders; Statistics
Note: DCC
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.