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NCJ Number: 91943 Find in a Library
Title: Women in Prison - Expanding Their Options
Corporate Author: Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 22
Sponsoring Agency: Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5R5, Canada
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Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: This brief considers the contingencies affecting women who commit crimes, approaches for dealing with the problems of women in prisons, and the options open to women when they are released from institutions. It views these issues against a backdrop of the general subordination of women in society.
Abstract: The brief focuses on women who have been arrested for a crime, convicted, and imprisoned. The choice to focus on prisoners was made because their type and degree of involvement in the criminal justice system, their options not only within the correctional system but also within society as a whole, are likely to be more severely limited than the options of women who come into contact with the correctional system as victims, as employees, or are arrested but are either not convicted or convicted but not imprisoned. The brief identifies existing and projected limits on the options available to women in society, emphasizes the ramifications of these limits imposed on women and to increase the harmony between societal and correctional change. Specifically, it is predicted that the majority of women will continue to be concentrated in subordinate, low-paying jobs, despite their participation in the labor force; that more women are likely to be poor and increasingly susceptible to job displacement while assuming responsibility for single-parent families in increasing numbers. Correctional policies need to increase training and employment opportunities and establish procedures that protect family ties. The bibliography contains 17 references. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Correctional reform; Corrections policies; Female inmates; Sex discrimination; Social change
Note: Brief presented to the Strategic Planning Committee on the Future of the Correctional Service of Canada
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