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Female Offenders and Women in Prison

LaTosha Traylor and Beth Richie

in The Oxford Handbook of Sentencing and Corrections

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199730148
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199730148.013.0023

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Female Offenders and Women in Prison

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This article focuses on the steadily increasing number of females being admitted in corrections. It emphasizes the need for gender-based programs inside and outside prisons, and observes that drug offenses seem to be the main reason for the increase of female inmates. Most of these women have experienced physical—and even sexual—abuse, which makes treatment even more challenging. This article identifies some new programs that can address the needs of female inmates, particularly mothers and their children.

Keywords: female inmates; corrections; gender-based programs; drug offenses; abuse

Article.  9621 words. 

Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice ; Courts and Procedure ; Prisons and Jails

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