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Understanding women's imprisonment in Australia

Bartels, L, Easteal, P and Westgate, R 2020 , 'Understanding women's imprisonment in Australia' , Women and Criminal Justice, vol. 30, no. 3 , pp. 204-219 , doi: 10.1080/08974454.2019.1657550.

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This article examines women's imprisonment in Australia through a feminist multifocal lens. We consider female prisoners' gendered needs, especially "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.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Bartels, L and Easteal, P and Westgate, R
Keywords: women, prisoners, Australia, Indigenous, Australians, trauma, victimization
Journal or Publication Title: Women and Criminal Justice
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 0897-4454
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/08974454.2019.1657550
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Copyright 2019 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC

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