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Understanding women's imprisonment in Australia


Bartels, L and Easteal, P and Westgate, R, Understanding women's imprisonment in Australia, Women and Criminal Justice, 30, (3) pp. 204-219. ISSN 0897-4454 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/08974454.2019.1657550


This article examines women's imprisonment in Australia through a feminist multifocal lens. We consider female prisoners' gendered needs, especially "triumvirate" of victimization, substance abuse, and mental illness. We also acknowledge the importance of taking an intersectional approach, with particular reference to Indigenous women. We identify recent developments in Australian corrections policies and programs, especially trauma-informed care, mental health programs, children/parenting, education and work, and post-release support. Although we commend initiatives to support women during and after custody, we question the need to send most of them there in the first place, as we are concerned about the ability of any prison to provide an environment conducive to healing.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:women, prisoners, Australia, Indigenous, Australians, trauma, victimization
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Correctional theory, offender treatment and rehabilitation
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Rehabilitation and correctional services
UTAS Author:Bartels, L (Ms Lorana Bartels)
ID Code:143875
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Office of the Faculty of Law
Deposited On:2021-04-08
Last Modified:2022-08-29

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