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Title: Is There a Way Out? A Community Study of Women in the San Francisco County Jail
Author(s): D K Lewis; L Bresler
Corporate Author: Unitarian Universalist Service Cmtte, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 155
Sponsoring Agency: David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Los Altos, CA 94022
Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr Fund
San Francisco, CA 94106
Unitarian Universalist Service Cmtte, Inc
Boston, MA 02108
US Dept of Health, Education, and Welfare
Washington, DC 20203
Van Loben Sels Foundation
San Francisco, CA 94104
Grant Number: NIE 6-78-0146
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study of 68 female misdemeanants in the San Bruno County (San Francisco) jail focuses on the problems female offenders encounter while in jail and upon reentry into society and evaluates the effectiveness of service programs.
Abstract: A prisoner profile examined such variables as race, age, marital status or living arrangements, children, family background, education, vocational training, employment, and arrest histories. Racial differences were significant in areas such as education and offense. For example, two-thirds of the black women in the jail had left high school without graduating. White women were charged with prostitution and theft, both typically 'female' crimes, while black women were charged with a broad range of offenses, specifically property offenses, including receiving stolen property and forgery. In jail, the Prisoner Services program, established to help prisoners cope with life in the jail and later expanded to help the women develop release plans (such as housing, employment referral, training and education programs, drug counseling), has been beset by low staff morale, and pay, and inadequate administrative backing. While separate women's classes alleviated some of the problems of coeducation in the corrections setting, they did not offer equal services or diversity and tended to concentrate on low-paying traditionally stereotyped skills such as typing and clerical. Moreover, because 70 percent of the women served fewer than 60 days, little educational benefit could be expected. Community-based post release programs included vocational training and employment service (such as federally funded apprenticeship programs) and drug treatment programs. Areas of greatest need include more and better planned in-jail programs, assertiveness training, a wider range of support systems for women desiring to change their lifestyles, expanded job opportunities, and more effective community-based programs. Chapter footnotes and four appendixes are provided.
Index Term(s): California; Female offenders; Inmate Programs; Offender profiles; Post-release programs; Prerelease programs; Rehabilitation; Sex discrimination; Social reintegration; Vocational training
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