Women on Probation and Parole: A Feminist Critique of Community Programs and Services

Women on Probation and Parole: A Feminist Critique of Community Programs and Services

by Merry Morash
     
 

ISBN-10: 1555537200

ISBN-13: 9781555537203

Pub. Date: 05/11/2010

Publisher: Northeastern University Press

So far there has been very limited research on the effectiveness of gender-responsive as compared to traditional supervision of women felons on probation and parole. This volume, based on extensive longitudinal, qualitative data from probation and parole officers and from in-depth interviews with the women themselves, fills this gap.

Merry Morash has based her

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So far there has been very limited research on the effectiveness of gender-responsive as compared to traditional supervision of women felons on probation and parole. This volume, based on extensive longitudinal, qualitative data from probation and parole officers and from in-depth interviews with the women themselves, fills this gap.

Merry Morash has based her study on data from two counties in the same state that differed markedly in their approaches to supervision. Gender Responsive County emphasized identifying and meeting a wide range of needs unique or common to women offenders. Traditional County emphasized compliance with rules and similar treatment for women and men. Within this comparative frame, Morash discusses life issues of women offenders, including dangerous places where they live, relationships with partners and children, and reliance on a mix of criminal and prosocial support networks. She documents change and demonstrates how a dedicated and innovative team of probation and parole officers apply a gender-responsive approach to produce positive outcomes for women addicted to drugs or dependent on destructive and abusive partners.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555537203
Publisher:
Northeastern University Press
Publication date:
05/11/2010
Series:
Northeastern Series on Gender, Crime, and Law
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

1 Introduction Research Purposes and Design l

Part I The Women on Probation and Parole

2 Dominant Crimes 27

3 Women's Characteristics by Dominant Crime Subgroup 38

Part II Outcomes in the Two Counties

4 Drug Users Who Fail 63

5 Supervision for Women Using Drugs but Not Failing 85

6 Positive Changes for Substance-Centered Women 109

7 Keeping Women off Drugs 120

8 Supervision for Women without Drug Problems 132

9 Conclusion Key Findings and Implications 143

Appendixes

Appendix A Survey Questions for Supervising Officers 163

Appendix B Interview Questions for Women on Probation and Parole 165

References 171

Index 181

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