Gender and Imprisonment
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evidence of female imprisonment
- no. of women in prison increasing at a faster rate than that of men
- despite this:
- McIvor and Burman (2011) no evidence that women are committing more crime
- no evidence women's crimes are becoming more serious
- or more women being prosecuted
- Thus, increasing growth in female prison pop most likely reflects changes in the use of custodial sentences for female offenders rather than patterns of women offending
- as a society becoming increasing more punitive, harsher penalties, community sentences seen as "soft"
- establish credibility, and to be seen as just
- expressed reluctance to set "women to fail" by imposing community sentences on women that they couldn't fulfill and end up in prison by default
- (particularly the case for women with chaotic lifestyles)
- prison gives them access to appropriate services
- prison - access to support to address their problems
mental health statistic
women in prison are 5x more likely to have mental health problems than the general population (Plugge et. al. 2006)
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