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NCJ Number: 77013 Find in a Library
Title: Jail for Women
Corporate Author: Pennsylvania State University
Television Broadcasting Services
United States of America
Project Director: C Student; P J O'Connell; R A Lefonde
Date Published: 1977
Sponsoring Agency: Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802
Sale Source: Pennsylvania State University
Audio Visual Services
University Park, PA 16802
United States of America

Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Intended for a general audience, this documentary film focuses on the daily lives of the women inmates living in the George B. Wolf House, one of the resident cottages at the State Correctional Institute for Women at Muncy, Pa.
Abstract: The film shows the relationships between inmates, their coping mechanisms for dealing with their problems, and the ways in which they spend their time. With only an introductory narration, the film allows the women inmates to speak for themselves. The women's correctional facility, with a total population of 175 inmates, has a campus atmosphere in which women are allowed to retain their individuality by wearing their own clothing and personalizing their rooms. George B. Wolf House has about 30 residents from whom 3 are picked as resident counselors to represent the cottage at council meetings with the administration. Cottages are supervised by matrons who work 8-hour shifts. One cottage, called Clinton Cottage, is used as a behavioral adjustment unit where residents are sent when they break rules or otherwise act uncooperatively. The film consists of eight segments, each of which shows a different aspect of life in the correctional facility. By watching the inmates go through their activities, the audience can understand what life at Muncy is really like. Inmates are shown discussing their sentences; holding a cottage meeting; preparing to get up in the morning; receiving mail during mail call; engaging in recreational activities; attending a dance; and going to school, working at assigned tasks, and receiving counseling. The existence of friendships, homosexual relationships, and personal antagonisms are indicated throughout the documentary. The language may be disturbing to some audiences: viewer discretion is advised.
Index Term(s): Audiovisual aids; Female inmates; Films; Incarceration; Inmate Programs; Pennsylvania; State correctional facilities; Women's correctional institutions
Note: *This document is currently unavailable from NCJRS. This is a 16mm, black and white film that is on two reels. The running time is fifty-seven minutes. Rental is available.
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