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NCJ Number: 165610 Find in a Library
Title: Sisters Are Doing It for Themselves: Women in Correctional Boot Camps (From Juvenile and Adult Boot Camps, P 309-320, 1996 - - See NCJ-165590)
Author(s): C L Clark
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: American Correctional Assoc
Alexandria, VA 22314
Sale Source: American Correctional Assoc
206 N. Washington St., Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper focuses on design issues relative to including women in boot camps: whether female offenders have an equal opportunity to enter and remain in boot camps, needs of female offenders, effects and advantages of boot camps for women, and alternative correctional programs for women that may be more appropriate than boot camps.
Abstract: In New York, housing units and most program activities are separate for men and women at shock incarceration facilities. Staff training at these facilities addresses differences in approaches to working with men and men. Although critics of boot camps for women cite women's histories of abusive relationships as a reason why male drill instructors are not appropriate for women, experience in New York indicates that professional male drill instructors can be very effective with women in boot camp programs. Because most women participating in boot camp programs are mothers, parenting skills are critically needed and boot camps can develop these skills. Carefully designed boot camps for women have much to offer in the areas of physical, mental, and spiritual programming and support. Boot camps can build self- esteem in women who learn they can accomplish positive things. 39 references
Main Term(s): Corrections effectiveness
Index Term(s): Female inmates; Female offenders; Gender issues; Inmate Programs; Male female offender comparisons; New York; Self concept; Sex discrimination; Shock incarceration programs
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