Analysing Women's Imprisonment by Pat Carlen

By Pat Carlen

In either the united kingdom and the remainder of the realm there were fast raises within the numbers of girls in legal, which has resulted in an acceleration of curiosity in women's crimes and the social keep an eye on of girls, and women's adventure of either felony and the legal justice approach is especially diverse to men's. this article is anxious to deal with the foremost concerns on the subject of women's imprisonment, contributing even as to an knowing of felony concerns normally and the historic and modern politics of gender and penal justice. What are women's prisons for? What are they prefer? Why are lone moms, ethnic minority and extremely bad girls disproportionately represented within the women's legal inhabitants? may still infants be despatched to felony with their moms? those are among the problems with which this ebook is worried. Analysing Women's Imprisonment is written as an introductory textual content to the topic, aiming to steer scholars of penology conscientiously during the major historic and modern discourses on women's imprisonment. every one bankruptcy has a transparent precis ('concepts to know'), essay questions and proposals for additional studying, and should support scholars organize with a bit of luck for seminars, direction examinations and venture paintings.

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In the next chapter, we examine these ‘universal concerns’ and ask to what extent they are indeed ‘universal’ and to what extent they constitute a ‘false consensus’ that disregards the specificity of the local social, economic and political context of women’s imprisonment. Conclusion The aim of this chapter has been to provide the reader with sufficient ‘facts’ about women in prison to make sense of the debates that follow in this book and to enable them to understand how some of the more extreme statements that are made about women offenders in the media come to be made.

In many countries the proportion is nearer one in twenty and in some it is even fewer. This consistency in the face of widely differing overall prison populations around the world suggests some universality of attitudes towards women who commit crimes, though, as we shall see, there also exists a false consensus of concerns which denies the specificity of women’s imprisonment in differing social and political contexts in an attempt to (mis)recognise a globalised penal discourse (Worrall 1998, 2000b).

Ironically, it also means that, in prison, women whose common-sense tells them that they can have very little real choice about how to govern their lives as prisoners can continue to be punished in the name of therapy and by professional women, for the very same characteristic 18 Histories of women’s imprisonment that sent many of them there in the first place – not being middle class, and, moreover, refusing to ‘see things’ as if they were. From accountability to audit The shift in emphasis from prison accountability to prisoner accountability did not lessen the degree of control experienced by prison managements.

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