Corrections (III): The Limits of Punishment
Majority of correctional facilities are provincial
Provincial and federal incarceration rates are increasing
Increase in remand prisoners a
Females In Prisons (1934)
Females in prisons were usually vulnerable to sexual abuse and assault.
Women often had to go across the street to the men’s prison to go see
consultation. It was extremely gendered and lacked community. Both because of
its architectural structure but also due to a lack of available programming which
impacted the way women were able to build there lives in the inside of the jail.
Soon after the jail was built it was talked about to shut it down.
Inferior services and programs
In 2000 it was closed for good.
What makes Female prisons so problematic?
o Women who come into conflict with the law and end up in prison tend to
be even more marginalized than men. Cost of women imprisonment is far
more as well than men. Women that come into the prions are usually poor,
low work skills etc. Women sentence to prison are more likely to be the
primary caregivers for their children, more likely to have a history of
physical and sexual abuse. Most like to have high rates of alcohol and
drug abuse. Female prisoners are typically low risk and high need.
Women’s clear needs get translated into institutional risk and therefore
classified has highrisk prisoners. They are labeled as having difficulty of
adapting to the facility and that’s why they are high risk. They are high
risk to the facility more than to the community. We shouldn’t be surprised
to learn that in practice we are going backwards. High needs are classified
as high risk. Important to think about his prisons reinf