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NCJ Number: 156487 Find in a Library
Title: Meeting the Special Needs of Females in Custody: Maryland's Unique Approach
Journal: Federal Probation  Volume:59  Issue:2  Dated:(June 1995)  Pages:49-53
Author(s): L W Flanagan
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 5
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes programs designed and implemented by the State of Maryland to serve female offenders and prepare them for reintegration into the community.
Abstract: Females are a rapidly growing segment of the incarcerated population, and their numbers are increasing at a rate that far exceeds the growth rate of the male incarcerated population. The influx of females into correctional systems, along with legal mandates regarding parity and access to services, have highlighted the issues affecting female offenders. Programs incorporated into Maryland penal institutions focus on: (1) parenting; (2) child care and custody; (3) family planning; (4) prenatal and postnatal care; (5) sexually transmitted diseases; and (6) employment readiness. There are workshops and support groups concerning: (1) acupuncture substance abuse treatment; (2) dysfunctional family dynamics; (3) basic knowledge and skills needed to cope with the fundamental chores of daily living such as housekeeping and managing a budget; (4) AIDS awareness; (5) appropriate decorum for self-representation in rent court; (6) how to present oneself in court to display confidence and respect for the court; and (7) problems associated with having children in the foster care system. References
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Controlled Substances; Correctional rehabilitation training; Female inmates; Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS); Inmate social programs; Maryland; Offender participation in rehabilitation goals; Prerelease programs; Social reintegration
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