The Incarceration of women Research Paper

The Incarceration of women
A look at the history and evolution of the incarceration of women in the US.
# 153804 | 1,070 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2014 | US
Published on Jan 28, 2014 in Criminology (General) , Women Studies (Women and Society)

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This paper examines and reviews how the incarceration of women in the US has evolved and how that evolution has impacted the prison population and society. The paper concludes that society pays a heavy price for the incarceration of women.

From the Paper:

"Prior to correctional facilities for women, men and women occupied the same housing. Women were subjected to specific conditions within the facilities. Women were often gathered in one room (Fogel, 1993). The location of this gathering was completely separate from the men's cellblock. In most instances their housing was overcrowded. The women were also exposed to harsh treatment or even abuse (Zimmer, 1987).
"Nevertheless, the change occurred gradually. Women and men slowly reached a point of separation. First, men and women were separated within the same building. This act was backed by legislation in 1828. The newly enacted law required men and women prisoners to be separated (Zimmer, 1987). Next, women were placed in different prison buildings within the same facility (Zimmer, 1987). Finally, women were granted completely separate facilities. The phases and patterns that promoted this change differed between various states (Zimmer, 1987).

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Carlen, P. (1983). Women's imprisonment: A study in social control (pp. 39-44). Boston: Routledge & Kegan Paul.
  • Fogel, C. I. (1993). Hard T: the stressful nature of incarceration for women. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 14(4), 367-377.
  • Owen, B., & Bloom, B. (1995). Profiling women prisoners: Findings from national surveys and a California sample. The Prison Journal, 75(2), 165-185.
  • Zimmer, L. (1987). How women reshape the prison guard role. Gender & Society, 1(4), 415-431.

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