Risk and Responsibility in Women's Prisons

Carlen, P (2004) Risk and Responsibility in Women's Prisons. Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 15(3), pp. 258-266.

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I have been invited to discuss Risk and Responsibility in Women’s Prisons, a task which, is slightly intimidating for one such as I, who, having never worked in a prison, have never experienced the risks and responsibilities working in a prison entails. However, this discussion is based on what prisons’ staff have told me, as they have ruminated on the complexities of their jobs in women’s prisons and many of the examples which I will be using are taken from cross-national research which I did in 2000 and 2001 and which set out to analyse the fortunes of some innovatory programmes in relation to women’s prisons in England, Scotland, North America, Australia and Israel (Carlen 2002). The discussion draws in particular on the imaginative way in which the Scottish women’s prison, Cornton Vale, responded to the spate of suicides which it had in the late 1990s and which resulted in far reaching organizational change.

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ID Code: 51666
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
ISSN: 1034-5329
Deposited On: 17 Jul 2012 03:50
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 03:50

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