Women offenders

Women offenders

Literature review on women’s anger and other emotions

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Judy Crump
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Correctional Services of Canada
Publication Date: 
1995
Publication Place: 
Ottawa, ON

Reviews the literature on women’s anger and other emotions in the disciplines of psychology, psychiatry, sociology, criminology, social work, and education. Reveals that many factors influence the causes, presentation, and effects of women's anger. Explores existing treatment programmes and concludes with recommendations for future programme development that are based on findings from the literature review.

Long-term federally sentenced women: literature review

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Correctional Services of Canada
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Correctional Services of Canada
Publication Date: 
1994
Publication Place: 
Ottawa, ON

Summarizes the findings of the literature that are applicable to women serving sentences of 10 years or more, links these findings to the overall philosophy of the Creating Choices document, assesses program that are outlined in the Correctional Program Strategy for Federally Sentenced Women, and reviews and assesses the applicability of the four stages recommended by the Task Force on Long-Term Offenders to the experiences of women. Concludes that the literature provides a sense of the realities of women serving long-term sentences and provides direction into the type of strategy that should and could be applied to best serve this population.

The 2002 mental health strategy for women offenders

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Jane Laishes
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Correctional Services of Canada
Publication Date: 
2002
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Ottawa, ON

Provides a framework for the development of mental health services for all women offenders within the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC).

Parenting roles and experiences of abuse in women offenders: review of the offender intake assessments

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Gordana Eljdupovic-Guzina
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Correctional Services of Canada
Publication Date: 
1999
Publication Place: 
Ottawa, ON

Explores and outlines trends regarding parenting roles and experiences of abuse among women offenders based on data available in the Offender Intake Assessments (OIA). Offers an updated look at issues that are relevant to women offenders such as mothering and histories of abuse. Results support the necessity to continue to assist women in dealing with issues that may stem from their histories of abuse and in their roles as mothers. Concludes with recommendations for future research.

Pet facilitated therapy in correctional institutions

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Correctional Services of Canada, Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Women
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Correctional Services of Canada, Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Women
Publication Date: 
1998
Publication Place: 
Ottawa, ON

Reviews the available literature on the therapeutic and vocational benefits of pet facilitated therapy (PFT) in correctional institutions. Defines PFT, gives a background overview of PFT programs in several types of institutions, offers a discussion on the therapeutic and vocational aspects of pets in institutional settings, as well as explores the various issues involved when implementing PFT programs such as planning, objectives, ethics, and funding. Concludes that PFT programs benefit inmates, the animals, staff, and the citizens in the community.

Profile of incarcerated women offenders: September 1999

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Correctional Services of Canada
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Correctional Services of Canada
Publication Date: 
1999
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Ottawa, ON

Profiles incarcerated women by age, marital status, race, offence committed, length of sentence, and previous incarceration in 1999 in table format. Highlighted findings include: 52.3% of this population falls into the younger age category (20-34), approximately two-thirds (65.8%) are single, Caucasian offenders represent over half (57.7%) of the total number of incarcerated women offenders, and a vast majority (85.9%) have not previously been incarcerated on a federal sentence.

Profile of incarcerated women offenders in the community: September 1999

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Correctional Services of Canada
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Correctional Services of Canada
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1999
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Ottawa, ON

Profiles incarcerated women in the community in 1999 by age, marital status, race, offence committed, length of sentence, and previous incarceration. Highlighted findings include: Over two thirds of incarcerated women in the community are single, less than one fifth fall into the younger age group (20-34), approximately 60% of women offenders in the community are Caucasian while 12% are Aboriginal, and 15% identify as Black, less than 12% committed murder (less than 1% committed first degree murder) and 91% had never been previously incarcerated for a federal offence.

Profile of women offenders: incarcerated and community population: March 2001

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Correctional Services of Canada
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Correctional Services of Canada
Publication Date: 
2001
Publication Place: 
Ottawa, ON

Compares incarcerated women and women who are serving the remainder of their sentence in the community by: age, marital status, race, offence committed, length of sentence, and previous terms of incarceration. Highlighted findings include: out of 866 women offenders in Canada serving a federal sentence, 355 (40.9%) are incarcerated while 511 (59.1%) are serving the remainder of their sentence in the community, over half (56.3%) of the incarcerated population are in 18-34 age group as compared to 43.9% in the community, and there is little difference with respect to marital status – the majority in both groups are single.

Report on self-injurious behaviour in the Kingston prison for women

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Jan Heney
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Correctional Services of Canada
Publication Date: 
2003
Publication Place: 
Ottawa, ON

Discusses a study undertaken at the Kingston Prison for Women about developing a therapeutic programme for women who self-injure. Interviews with prisoners security staff personnel about injury response, injury reduction and suicide identification reveals that self-injury may best be reduced by considering it a sign of emotional distress rather than a security issue, and by shifting the responsibility for its reduction from security to counselling personnel. Concludes with recommendations for the development of a programme to train prisoners as peer counsellors.

Statistical overview: women offenders: women offender sector: April 2000

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Correctional Services of Canada
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Correction Services of Canada
Publication Date: 
2000
Publication Place: 
Ottawa, ON

Presents information about how effectively the Correctional Service of Canada is managing many of its operations as they relate to women offenders serving federal sentences. Offers profile statistics by race, marital status, offence committed, and by security classification. PDF required.

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