Women's prisons

Women's prisons

Healing the relationship between federally sentenced women and communities: a discussion paper

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English
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Online
Author: 
Church Council on Justice and Corrections
Publisher: 
Correctional Services Canada
Publication Date: 
1995
Publication Place: 
Ottawa, ON

Focuses on approaches and strategies for creating a community advocacy network for federally sentenced women (FSW). Discusses the theoretical and philosophical basis for the proposed Community Advocacy model. This model promotes a federal strategy to implement a provincial community-based, pre-sentencing process to promote minimal incarceration for FSW through increased community participation. Concludes with recommendations for further planning and discussion.

Guidelines for parenting skills programs for federally sentenced women

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English
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Paper
Author: 
Correctional Service of Canada
Publisher: 
Correctional Service of Canada
Publication Date: 
1995
Publication Place: 
Ottawa, ON

Describes a set of guidelines developed to assist in the development of parenting skills programs for federally sentenced women (FSW). The Guidelines include information on the principles behind FSW programming, contextual information on FSW and their children, philosophy and principles which should guide FSW parenting programming, recommended program content, information on existing programs which match the principles of FSW parenting programming, evaluation issues, and resources. PDF is available.

Federally sentenced Aboriginal women in maximum security: what happened to the promises of “creating choices”?

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English
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Online
Author: 
SkyBlue Morin
Publisher: 
Correctional Services of Canada
Publication Date: 
1999
Publication Place: 
Ottawa, ON

Examines the experiences of Aboriginal women in federal maximum security prisons in Canada by conducting indepth interviews with incarcerated Aboriginal women. Aims to make the voices of these women heard and explore and critique the policies and programs that Correctional Services Canada (CSC) has in place to help reduce the security levels of Aboriginal women. Concludes by stating that CSC responsibility and obligation to incarcerated Aboriginal women has not been fulfilled, but has been remiss in respecting their ethnic, cultural and spiritual beliefs. Although CSC policy have mandated intentions to implement programs that recognize Aboriginal culture and spiritual beliefs, discrimination and racism against FSAW have been sited extensively.

Federally sentenced women maximum security interview project: “not letting the time do you”

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English
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Online
Author: 
Donna McDonagh
Publisher: 
Correctional Services of Canada
Publication Date: 
1999
Publication Place: 
Ottawa, ON

Examines the results of indepth interviews conducted with non-Aboriginal women in maximum security prisons in Canada. Undertaken to help identify interventions necessary to suitably address the issues and needs of maximum security women, and to facilitate the reduction of women's maximum security classification.

Correctional program strategy for federally sentenced women

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

Guide for the development of programs in regional correctional facilities. Describes the overall correctional program strategy for Federally sentenced Women (FSW). Emphasizes that regional programs for FSW should be women-centred, reflect the social realities of women, and respond to the individual needs of each woman. Identifies 5 priniciples that must be present when creating programs and strategies for FSW; these are: empowerment, meaningful and responsible choices, respect and dignity, a supportive environment, and sharing responsiblity for FSW among all levels of corrections. Concludes by recommending regional programs that incorporate these principles.

Creating choices: the report of the task force on federally sentenced women

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English
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Online
Author: 
Correctional Services of Canada, Task Force on Federally Sentenced Women
Publisher: 
Correctional Services of Canada
Publication Date: 
1990
Publication Place: 
Ottawa, ON

Examines the correctional management of federally sentenced women from the commencement of sentence to the date of release to develop a plan which will guide and direct the process in a manner that is responsive to the unique and special needs of this group. Focuses on the voices of women prisoners and employs a women centred approach. Concludes by devising a set of principles meant to initiate institutional change. Principles include: empowerment, meaningful and responsible choices, respect and dignity, a supportive environment, and shared responsibility.

Exemplary community programs for federally sentenced women: a literature review

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English
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Online
Author: 
Mia Dauvergne-Latimer
Publisher: 
Correctional Services of Canada
Publication Date: 
1995
Publication Place: 
Ottawa, ON

Reviews literature relating to community programs available to federally sentenced women (FSW) upon release from prison. Examines resources and services across Canada and the United States and identifies exemplary programs available to FSW. Also discusses several research studies which indicate the needs and risks of female offenders and recommend effective programming strategies which promote successful reintegration. Reveals that while the needs and risks of women re-entering society are well known, programming for women remains culturally insensitive, scarce in its availability and accessibility, and formulated primarily to suit the needs of male clientele. Concludes by recommending alternatives to address this.

Correctional Services of Canada

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Governmental Body
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English
Français

Contributes to the protection of society by actively encouraging and assisting offenders to become law-abiding citizens, while exercising reasonable, safe, secure and humane control.

Contact Info
Primary Telephone: 
(613) 992-5891
Email Address: 
webmaster@csc-scc.gc.ca
Website/URL: 
Fax Number: 
(613) 943-1630
Street Address: 
340 Laurier Ave W
City: 
Ottawa
Province: 
Ontario
Postal/ZIP Code: 
K1A 0P9
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Elizabeth Fry Society of Edmonton

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NGO - Non Government Organization
Service Language: 
English
Services Provided: 
Advocacy
Support group/peer support

Fosters the dignity and worth of women who come into conflict with the law and help them live as valued members of their communities. Offers Aboriginal Women's Program encouraging aboriginal women to reconnect with their culture. Also offers courty support through Courtwork Program, Prison Liaison, Changing Paths... Life Skills Program, Private Home Placement for federally sentenced women who are on day parole, Shoplifting Program, and one-on-one counselling and crisis intervention.

Contact Info
Primary Telephone: 
(780) 421-1175 (Main office)
Email Address: 
admin@elizabethfry.ab.ca
Fax Number: 
(780) 425-8989 (Main office)
Tollfree Phone Number: 
1-866-421-1175
Street Address: 
10523 - 100 Avenue
City: 
Edmonton
Province: 
Alberta
Postal/ZIP Code: 
T5J 0A8
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Multiple Email found: "admin@elizabethfry.ab.ca and director@elizabethfry.ab.ca" Multiple Fax found: "(780) 425-8989 (Main office) and (780) 427-2681 (Court office)" Multiple Primary found: "(780) 421-1175 (Main office) and (780) 422-4775 (Court office)"

The lived experience of discrimination: Aboriginal women who are federally sentenced

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Online
Author: 
Patricia Monture-Angus
Publisher: 
Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies
Publication Date: 
2002
Publication Place: 
Ottawa, ON

Examines how the on-going failure of the Canadian correctional system to consider the structure and impact of the system on Aboriginal women, over-represented in Canadian correctional facilities, results in continued disadvantage and discrimination.

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