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NCJ Number: 211712 Find in a Library
Title: Is There an Evidence Base Supportive of Women-Centered Programming in Corrections?
Journal: Corrections Today Magazine  Volume:67  Issue:6  Dated:October 2005  Pages:26-27,101
Author(s): Frank J. Porporino; Elizabeth Fabiano
Date Published: October 2005
Page Count: 3
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article explores women’s pathways to criminality and offers recommendations for women-centered programming in corrections.
Abstract: While researchers have called for a gender sensitive approach to corrections, it remains unclear how this approach should be put in practice. The authors note that, in comparison to male offenders, female offenders are on average assessed as having a greater number of needs areas and to have a higher prevalence of needs in the personal/emotional area, in marital and family relations, and in academic and vocational skills. The risk factors for women’s criminality are reviewed and generally center on cumulative social and emotional difficulties. The corrections industry should be studying how to best reduce the impact of these criminogenic factors for women. The authors focus on the recently developed “good lives model” (GLM) as a useful guide to developing women-centered correctional programming. The model stresses a self-validating approach to adaptive coping and decisionmaking. The main goal is to instill meaningful and sustainable motivation for change and to retain flexibility in the programming that allows for different modes of expression, such as storytelling and metaphor analysis. Endnotes
Main Term(s): Female inmates; Male female offender comparisons
Index Term(s): Inmate Programs; Program planning
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