Correcting gender inequities in prison health

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Prison policies often overlook the special needs of women and their health. Frequently, women in prison suffer high levels of mental illness and drug or alcohol dependency, as well as sexual and physical abuse and violence. Issues arising from gender-specific health care needs and family responsibilities are also frequently neglected. Although women represent a small percentage of the total prison population their numbers are increasing, and the rate of increase is much greater than that of men.

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