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NCJ Number: 99510 Find in a Library
Title: Critical Problems of Women in Prison (From Changing Roles of Women in the Criminal Justice System - Offenders, Victims, and Professionals, P 95-110, 1985, Imogene L Moyer, ed. - See NCJ-99505)
Author(s): P J Baunach
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: Waveland Press, Inc.
Long Grove, IL 60047
Sale Source: Waveland Press, Inc.
4180 IL Route 83
Suite 101
Long Grove, IL 60047
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The incarceration of women is discussed from the standpoint of the conditions women experience upon confinement, inadequacies in programming for female inmates, and potential ways to deal with the problems faced by female inmates.
Abstract: The small number of incarcerated women is the main reason for the lack of attention to their conditions and needs. Female inmates face major restrictions on movement and on personal contact within and outside the institution. Boredom and inactivity characterize their institutional lives. The loss of love and family and an absence of meaningful training programs are major problems. Those who have children face particular anxieties, as do those who are pregnant when incarcerated. This issue of parental rights has not been resolved, although discussions have focused both on the parents and on the children. Vocational training opportunities for women inmates have improved, but skill-training opportunities are less than those for males. Women are often assigned maintenance chores or are trained in occupations related only to traditional female roles. Alternatives for dealing with women offenders should include evaluations of women's needs in each State and the development of adequate diversion and alternative programs in community centers. Additional suggestions focus on restitution, community service, and staff-inmate councils. Notes and 30 references are supplied.
Index Term(s): Correctional reform; Female inmates; Prison conditions; Women's correctional institutions
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