Women_in_Prison by 6W5Sdx8u


									Women in Prison
 This is reality – not
 a bad movie!
Women in Prison
   6% of prison
    population and
   16 men for every
    woman in prison.
   Numbers have
    tripled in 20 years.
Women in Prison: Statistics
1.   The most typical convictions
     resulting in imprisonment for
     women are property crimes,
     such as check forgery and
     illegal credit card use.
2.   Of the women convicted of
     violent crimes, the vast
     majority were convicted for
     defending themselves or their
     children from abuse. In
     California alone there are 600
     women in prison for killing their
     abusers in self-defense.
     Average prison terms are twice
     as long for killing husbands as
     for killing wives.
Women in Prison: Statistics
1.   54% of women in prison are women
     of color.

2.   Ninety percent of women in prison
     are single mothers.

3.   The average age of women in
     prison is 29, and 58% have not
     finished high school.
4.   The number of women in prison has
     increased 138% in the last ten
     years. This is partly due to the
     worsening of economic conditions
     for women, and also due to the
     increase in arrest rates due to the
     "war on crime" and "war on drugs".
Women in Prison: Statistics
1.   Women prisoners
     spend on average 17
     hours a day in their
     cells, with one hour
     outside for exercise.
     Compare to men
     prisoners, who
     spend, on average,
     15 hours a day in
     their cells, with 1.5
     hours outside.
Women in Prison
   Homosexuality in women’s prisons.
     More voluntary
     Efforts to create kinship systems like
      those on the outside
     Tend to keep traditional roles – narrow
      understanding of the role of women in
Prisoner “Types”
   Squares: Little
    experience with
    prison life.
   Tend to associate
    more with
    society than
    criminal lifestyles.
Prisoner Types
   The “cool”: More
    likely to be career
   Tend to keep to
    themselves and
    supportive of
    inmate values.
Prisoner Types
   “The Life”:
    repeatedly .
   Embrace prison
   Offers alternative
    for those rejected
    by conventional
Prisoner Types
   “Crack Kids”:
    Streetwise young
    women with little
    respect for traditional
    prison values, their
    elders, or their kids.
   Frequent fights and
    no domestic skills.
Issues Facing Prisons Today
 AIDS/HIV: 20% of inmates are HIV
 Geriatric Offenders: 40% of
  prisoners are older than 50.
 Mentally ill / Mentally Retarded
  Offenders: Can we force inmates to
  take therapy / drugs?
Questions to Ponder:
 What purposes do you think prison
  subcultures serve?
 What are the primary concerns of
  prison staff? What goals should staff
  focus on?
 What new problems do you think
  prisons will face in the future?

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