Females in Custody in the ACT: Gendered Issues and Solutions

Patricia Easteal, Lorana Bartels, Emma Fitch, and Helen Watchirs, 2015 ‘Females in Custody in the ACT: Gendered Issues and Solutions,’ 40(1) Alternative Law Journal: 18-22.

5 Pages Posted: 14 Mar 2015 Last revised: 5 May 2015

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Patricia L. Easteal

University of Canberra - School of Law and Justice

Lorana Bartels

Australian National University (ANU) - ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods

Emma Fitch

University of Canberra - Division of Business, Law and Information Sciences

Helen Watchirs

ACT Human Rights Commission

Date Written: January 12, 2015

Abstract

Studies have identified that since women comprise only a small proportion of the prison population as a whole this correlates with a higher potential for inadequate gender-specific service provision. We are interested in seeing if, despite the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) being the first Australian jurisdiction to design and operate a prison under human rights legislation, the small number of women prisoners poses particular challenges for meeting their specific needs in the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC). After examining gendered issues identified across Australia, we review the findings of three recent reviews and identify the successes, problems and pitfalls with programs and policies set within a human rights framework. We note some improvement in meeting women inmates’ needs over the past five years and include recommendations to facilitate more positive changes.

Keywords: women inmates, women's prisons, human rights

JEL Classification: K40, J70

Suggested Citation

Easteal, Patricia L. and Bartels, Lorana and Fitch, Emma and Watchirs, Helen, Females in Custody in the ACT: Gendered Issues and Solutions (January 12, 2015). Patricia Easteal, Lorana Bartels, Emma Fitch, and Helen Watchirs, 2015 ‘Females in Custody in the ACT: Gendered Issues and Solutions,’ 40(1) Alternative Law Journal: 18-22.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2577558

Patricia L. Easteal (Contact Author)

University of Canberra - School of Law and Justice ( email )

Australia

Lorana Bartels

Australian National University (ANU) - ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods ( email )

Beryl Rawson Building (13)
Canberra, ACT 0200
Australia

Emma Fitch

University of Canberra - Division of Business, Law and Information Sciences ( email )

Australia

Helen Watchirs

ACT Human Rights Commission ( email )

GPO Box 158
Canberra, 2601
Australia

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