Women and Crime: Imprisonment Issues
Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice. Vol. 35, pp. 1-7, 1992
8 Pages Posted: 12 Jan 2010 Last revised: 20 Jun 2018
Date Written: 1992
The number of women in Australian prisons has increased significantly over the past decade. Easteal provides a brief profile of the sociodemographic and sentence background of women in prison. She highlights the issues affecting female inmates: illegal drugs; high security prisons and intermingling of security levels; officer prisoner relations; lesbianism and the inmate hierarchy; medical care; counselling; drug withdrawal; suicide and self inflicted injuries; work and education opportunities; family visits; and children. Recommendations for improving prison conditions are outlined.
Keywords: women, prison
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