Understanding Women’s Imprisonment in Australia

Lorana BARTELS, Patricia EASTEAL, Robyn Westgate

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This article examines women’s imprisonment in Australia through a feminist multifocal lens. We consider female prisoners’ gendered needs, especially “the triumvirate” of victimization, substance abuse, and mental illness. We also acknowledge the importance of taking an intersectional approach, with particular reference to Indigenous women. We identify recent developments in Australian corrections policies and programs, especially trauma-informed care, mental health programs, children/parenting, education and work, and post-release support. Although we commend initiatives to support women during and after custody, we question the need to send most of them there in the first place, as we are concerned about the ability of any prison to provide an environment conducive to healing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)204-219
Number of pages16
JournalWomen and Criminal Justice
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 3 May 2020


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