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The Cycle of Female Prisoner (Re)Integration: Pathways, criminal justice and imprisonment

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dc.contributor.advisor Stanley, Elizabeth Bentley, Hannah 2014-10-23T03:32:05Z 2014-10-23T03:32:05Z 2014 2014
dc.description.abstract With increasing rates of female imprisonment, and female prisoner re-imprisonment rates of 33% for first time prisoners and 48% for recidivist prisoners within four years, women’s experiences of (re)integration are in need of examination. Issues of abuse, addiction, economic, social and political deprivation and poor education are not only seen to underpin women’s pathways into crime, but also the treatment of female offenders within a system that has redefined their welfare needs as risks. Using a feminist, qualitative methodology that provides often unheard women with a voice, semi-structured interviews were conducted with female ex-prisoners and those who work with women once released from prison. Interviews examined women’s experiences of release and the areas that contribute to successful or unsuccessful (re)integration. Findings reveal that support networks, release conditions, employment, accommodation and treatment services are key factors that either help or hinder women’s (re)integration. Consistent with literature on women’s (re)integration, interviews further revealed that female offender pathways are not addressed prior to, during, or after release from prison. To address such problems, this thesis argues that collaborative, holistic, gender-specific programmes, that are tailored to meet women’s daily needs and experiences, are required both within the community and prisons. en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.subject Female offenders en_NZ
dc.subject Prisons en_NZ
dc.subject Reintegration en_NZ
dc.title The Cycle of Female Prisoner (Re)Integration: Pathways, criminal justice and imprisonment en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Social and Cultural Studies en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Awarded Research Masters Thesis en_NZ Criminology en_NZ Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ Master's en_NZ Master of Arts en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 160201 Causes and Prevention of Crime en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 160202 Correctional Theory, Offender Treatment and Rehabilitation en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 160203 Courts and Sentencing en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society en_NZ

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