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NCJ Number: 168645 Find in a Library
Title: Incarcerated Female Felon and Substance Abuse: Demographics, Needs Assessment, and Program Planning for a Neglected Population
Journal: Journal of Addictions and Offender Counseling  Volume:18  Issue:1  Dated:(October 1997)  Pages:41-51
Author(s): J F Sanders; K F McNeill; B M Rienzi; T B DeLouth
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 11
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Incarcerated women 203 of 237 completed a needs survey designed by an inmate steering committee; it provided a profile of the inmate population and assisted in program planning.
Abstract: Participants consisted of female inmates at the Nevada Women's Correctional Center. European Americans (57 percent) constituted the major portion of respondents, followed by African Americans (22 percent), Hispanic Americans (7 percent), Native Americans (5 percent), Asian Americans (2 percent), and those classified as "other" (7 percent). The study focused on the variables of ethnicity, history of physical/sexual abuse, and history of substance abuse. Findings support previous research, in that most inmates are multiple offenders and victims of physical abuse, sexual abuse, or both, as well as substance abuse. The high rates of substance abuse and criminal behavior in this population suggest a strong need for substance abuse education and treatment. The survey results were used to develop relevant programming, including a substance abuse education class, a self-study program, didactic groups, and workshops on a number of topics (e.g., domestic violence and managing emotions). 4 tables and 24 references
Main Term(s): Corrections policies
Index Term(s): Female inmates; Inmate characteristics; Inmate drug treatment; Needs assessment; Treatment offender matching
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