Understanding Women’s Imprisonment in Australia

Lorana Bartels, Patricia Easteal and Robyn Westgate (2019) Understanding Women’s Imprisonment in Australia, Women & Criminal Justice doi/10.1080/08974454.2019.1657550

17 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2019

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Lorana Bartels

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

Patricia L. Easteal

University of Canberra - School of Law and Justice

Robyn Westgate

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: September 10, 2019

Abstract

This article examines women’s imprisonment in Australia through a feminist multifocal lens. We consider female prisoners’ gendered needs, especially “the triumvirate” of victimization, substance abuse, and mental illness. We also acknowledge the importance of taking an intersectional approach, with particular reference to Indigenous women. We identify recent developments in Australian corrections policies and programs, especially trauma-informed care, mental health programs, children/parenting, education and work, and post-release support. Although we commend initiatives to support women during and after custody, we question the need to send most of them there in the first place, as we are concerned about the ability of any prison to provide an environment conducive to healing.

Keywords: women prisoners, Australia, Indigenous Australians, trauma, victimization

JEL Classification: K49, K40

Suggested Citation

Bartels, Lorana and Easteal, Patricia L. and Westgate, Robyn, Understanding Women’s Imprisonment in Australia (September 10, 2019). Lorana Bartels, Patricia Easteal and Robyn Westgate (2019) Understanding Women’s Imprisonment in Australia, Women & Criminal Justice doi/10.1080/08974454.2019.1657550. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3450997

Lorana Bartels

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

Beryl Rawson Building (13)
Canberra, ACT 0200
Australia

Patricia L. Easteal (Contact Author)

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

Australia

Robyn Westgate

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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