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Women Inmates
A look at issues of women in prison.
# 149590 | 1,852 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2011 | US

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This paper explores the social problem of women in prison, beginning with a discussion of the factors contributing to the recent increase in incarceration rates of women. These include the social factors that drive women to commit crimes. Then, the paper discusses the social problems generated by the incarceration of women, particularly the loss of the primary caregiver for minor children. The paper concludes with policy recommendations, arguing that non-violent women criminals should be placed into support and community programs as an alternative to incarceration.


Factors that Drive Women to Crime
The Problems Associated with the Incarceration of Women

From the Paper:

"Ideally, the act of incarceration should decrease the chances of an individual committing additional crimes. Unfortunately, the American prison system fails in its efforts to rehabilitate prisoners. In fact, incarceration may increase the risk of recidivism. When women are sent to prison, they are exposed to violence and the threat of violence. Such experiences are new because "women are incarcerated primarily for nonviolent offences" (Johnson et al. 37). In a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice, Tracy Snell confirmed the non-violent nature of the majority of women in prison."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Johnson, E. Children of incarcerated parents: Cumulative risk and children's living arrangements, 2002. http://www.jcpr.org/wpfiles/johnson_waldfogel.pdf?CFID=3041909&CFTOKEN=86616065)
  • Johnson, P., Logan, J., Davis, A. Inner Lives: Voices of African American Women in Prison. New York: New York University Press, 2003.
  • Rathbone, C. A World Apart: Women, Prison, and Life. New York: Random House, 2005.
  • Snell, T. "Women in Prison, Survey of State Prison Inmates, 1991," U.S. Department of Justice, March 1994.

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