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Educating on the inside: Inmate mothers in Australian corrections

Farrell, Ann (1998) Educating on the inside: Inmate mothers in Australian corrections. Australia and New Zealand Journal of Law and Education, 3(2), pp. 16-28.

Abstract

This paper reports on the Australian component of the author's international policy study of the impact of incarceration on inmate women and their young children in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and England. The study found that while the human rights of inmates to prison education are mandated within Australian corrections, the enactment of these rights is severely threatened by the practice of en masse containment of inmates within a prevailing culture of surveillance and suspicion. The relative docility of female inmates, their constitution of a small percentage of the overall prison population and the fact that the majority serve sentences of less than twelve months, render women inmates almost invisible in Australian corrections. Compounded by the fact that at least eighty-five percent of inmate women are mothers of dependent children and heads of single parent households, the participation of these women in prison education is further stymied by their concern for their children on the outside and/or their care of their children inside a prison which is inhospitable to their needs.

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ID Code: 283
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: inmate education, prisoner education, inmate mothers, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Ann Farrell
ISSN: 1327-7634
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > DEMOGRAPHY (160300) > Family and Household Studies (160301)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200) > Criminology not elsewhere classified (160299)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200) > Criminology not elsewhere classified (160299)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1998 Australia and New Zealand Education Law Association
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher: This journal is available online.
Deposited On: 16 Jul 2004
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2010 22:37

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