skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 220683 Find in a Library
Title: Female Inmates in Afghanistan, Part II
Journal: Corrections Compendium  Volume:32  Issue:5  Dated:September/October 2007  Pages:32-34
Author(s): Gary Hill
Date Published: September 2007
Page Count: 3
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article (the second of a two-part series) provides an assessment of the situation of female inmates in Afghanistan with excerpts of the 2007 United Nations report, Afghanistan: Female Prisoners and Their Social Reintegration.
Abstract: At the beginning of 2007, fewer than 270 of the 9,600 adults and juveniles in Afghan prisons and detention centers were female. The majority reside in Pul-e Charki prison. At the end of 2006, there were 69 female inmates and 43 children, 12 of whom were born in prison. Half of the women incarcerated in Afghanistan are there for crimes that most nations do not recognize. A large number of the other half may not even be guilty, having been imprisoned either because they have had no legal assistance, have been used or framed, forced to confess, or because they were with their fiancé or husband when the offense was committed. Women interviewed in 2006 complained of the lack of adequate and quality food. Some women receive food from their families. Hygiene was considered poor, and at the time of the interviews, women complained about the lack of a heating system. Five days a week, the Afghan Women’s Educational Center provides vocational training and education classes. By law, women are allowed to keep their children with them in prison up to age 3. Postrelease support for female inmates is problematic due to both the social and economic barriers faced by Afghanistan women. Many women are rejected from their homes for the shame they brought to their family members. Today, with the help of the United Nations, individual nations and a number of international and national organizations, work is under way to help improve the conditions of the women within the prisons. Commissioned by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), this brief report provides an assessment of the situation of female inmates in Afghanistan. 3 endnotes, 2 references
Main Term(s): Female inmates
Index Term(s): Afghanistan; Children of incarcerated offenders; Foreign inmates; Inmate statistics; Pregnant inmates; Prison nurseries; Women's correctional institutions
Note: See NCJ-219837 for Part I
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.