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NCJ Number: 98283 Find in a Library
Title: Women in the Prison System - South Australia (From Women in the Prison System - Proceedings, P 171-192, 1984, Suzanne Hatty, ed. - See NCJ-98278)
Author(s): M J Dawes
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 22
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Institute of Criminology
Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia
Sale Source: Australian Institute of Criminology
GPO Box 2944
Canberra ACT, 2601,
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: The present care and management of women prisoners, the steps taken to modernize the system, and the trends and characteristics of female prisoners in South Australia are explored.
Abstract: In 1984, a new prison was opened integrating the existing women's prison with the Cottages, a newly commissioned open prison for low-security male prisoners. The number of women imprisoned in the Women's Center has fluctuated in the range of 15 to 30 for most of its existence. It has been found that women are underrepresented in the number of persons apprehended for various types of crime, particularly murder, assault, sex offenses, robbery and extortion, and breaking and entering. Crimes such as shop theft are highly represented, and women are likely to be imprisoned for fraud, or in small numbers, for almost any offense including robbery. Aboriginal women have been overrepresented in the female prison population, constituting up to 35 percent of the female prison population at times. Major concerns of departmental policy and program statements have to do with prisoner assessment and security rating as well as the selection procedures for the low security prison. Other concerns relate to the question of whether or not women prisoners should be permitted to keep babies and infants with them while in prison. Equal opportunities for female officers working in male prisons also are considered. An appendix lists the procedures and criteria for selecting prisoners.
Index Term(s): Australia; Female crime patterns; Female inmates; Women's correctional institutions
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