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NCJ Number: 221314 Find in a Library
Title: Women in Prison
Corporate Author: Anti-Discrimination Cmssn Queensland
Date Published: March 2006
Page Count: 159
Sponsoring Agency: Anti-Discrimination Cmssn Queensland
Milton Qld 4064,
Publication Number: ISBN 0-9580054-4-3
Sale Source: Anti-Discrimination Cmssn Queensland
189 Coronation Drive
PO Box 2122
Milton Qld 4064,
Document: PDF
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: The Anti-Discrimination Commission of Queensland (Australia) reports on its examination of the impact of Queensland's prison system on women inmates and offers recommendations for improving their conditions and programs in compliance with Australian and international human rights law.
Abstract: The report expresses concern that classification instruments and procedures for women inmates exaggerate the security risk posed by women inmates and generally are biased against women prisoners who are Indigenous and those with a mental illness. It recommends new legislation, policy, and procedures that will ensure that the classification tool accurately measures the security risk of women prisoners and does not discriminate against various minority groups. The report also concludes that the needs of the children of women prisoners are not being adequately addressed. The best interests of these children are not reflected in the sentencing of women nor in the treatment of women and their children during prison terms. Recommended legislative reform focuses on ensuring the best interests of children of women offenders are taken into account, both in sentencing and in the prison system. The Commission also concludes that many women with mental illness are inappropriately housed in prison while their mental health needs are ignored. The report notes that women prisoners have a much higher rate of mental health problems than male inmates. The report recommends an increase in resources for mental health services in the correctional system and changes in the procedures of crisis support units. Another major finding is that Indigenous women are at risk of discrimination in prison, because the prison system does not tailor services to their distinctive needs. The report suggests alternatives to prison and postrelease transitional support services for Indigenous women that reflect the cultural values of Indigenous communities. Appended bibliography and lists of submissions received, prison visits, and interviews
Main Term(s): Corrections policies
Index Term(s): Aborigines; Female inmates; Foreign correctional facilities; Foreign correctional systems; Inmate classification; Racial discrimination
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