Women In Prison Case Study

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Abstract

The object of imprisonment is not only to keep society safe, but also to make efforts to rehabilitate offenders in order to be successfully reintegrated into society upon release. The past two decades have seen an alarming increase of imprisoned women. The number of incarcerated women increased by 587% between 1980 and 2011—1.5 times the rate of men (Fact Sheet, December, 2012). However, even with the dramatic increase, women in prison comprise only 7% of the total national prison population (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2014). Due to this underrepresentation, this population is often ignored in corrections research resulting in limited theory development and services that are specifically designed for women. The majority of programs and policies that are currently being implemented in female prisons were developed with male inmates in mind with the assumption that they would work for women as well. But there is a need for “creating an environment…that reflects an understanding of the realities of women’s lives and addresses the issues of women” (Bloom et al., 2003). The improvement of treatment programs and policies for
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The sample consists of females who have previously been incarcerated. A group of community residents who are currently out on parole will be interviewed using a semi-structured format in order to assess their perceptions of: (a) factors that contributed to their criminal behaviors, (b) how being incarcerated has positively or negatively impacted their lives (c) the issues that need to be addressed in order to meet their particular needs and (d) whether or not prison programs have helped with their rehabilitation. Overall, it is my desire to provide a meaningful profile of women offenders that will deliver a comprehensive understanding on the problems women face while in prison so that treatment can address these

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