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NCJ Number: 192384 Find in a Library
Title: Womens' Accounts of Their Prison Experiences: A Retrospective View of Their Subjective Realities
Journal: Journal of Criminal Justice  Volume:29  Issue:6  Dated:November-December 2001  Pages:531-541
Author(s): Mark R. Pogrebin; Mary Dodge
Date Published: November 2001
Page Count: 11
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This analysis of the subjective experiences of imprisoned women gathered information through retrospective interviews with 54 parolees in a western State.
Abstract: All but one of the participants had been incarcerated in the same institution in a western State. The institution housed about 300 women and had 37 female and 24 male correctional officers. The interviews focused on the women’s initial experiences and impressions, weaknesses and harassment, the atmosphere in the prison inmate relationships, drug involvement, inmate-staff relations, and family separation. Results revealed overt behavioral and underlying structural tensions that created an atmosphere of fear and violence in the prison. In addition, attitudes of indifference between inmates and correctional staff often contributed to promoting an atmosphere of neglect. The analysis concluded that female inmates suffered the pains of imprisonment to a greater degree than previously acknowledged and that prison for these women was a social world filled with anxiety and perhaps representing a punishment well beyond what the law intended. 53 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Women's correctional institutions
Index Term(s): Adjustment to prison; Effects of imprisonment; Families of inmates; Female inmates; Inmate attitudes; Inmate misconduct; Inmate personal security; Inmate staff relations; Prison conditions
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