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Services Significantly Reduce Recidivism for Women Offenders
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A recent survey showing an 83 percent reduction in recidivism for impoverished female offenders who received supportive services is only one of the valuable findings in “Employment and Female Offenders: An Update of the Empirical Research”.  This November 2010 bulletin is the latest National Institute of Corrections issue in the “Gender-Responsive Strategies for Women Offenders” series.  Correctional practitioners at the administrative level will find this bulletin useful in defining and providing support for reentry initiatives.

Examples from the research are as follows:

  • Reduced Recidivism for Impoverished Female Offenders:  Multiple studies cite the trend of decreasing supportive services, such as food stamps and Social Security, for women offenders convicted of felony offenses and under community supervision. Unfortunately, these services are key to psychologically empowering women during reentry and in one case reduced recidivism 83 percent for impoverished women offenders.
  • Impact of Time Management on Offender Employment: Highlighting the unique issue of time management for women offenders, a Women’s Prison Association study notes the conflict between family and personal needs and reentry employment. Considering the large number of women offenders with primary or sole responsibility for minor children, reentry employment can take a backseat in time and schedule priorities.
  • Limitations of Employment Training for Incarcerated Women: Studies cited show female inmates receive inferior employment training or training focused on “low-level, low-pay” positions.  Lack of training for the technology requirements of today’s workforce is also noted as a gap in correctional vocational programs.

Read the entire bulletin at Employment and Female Offenders: An Update of the Empirical Research”.




Posted Fri, Dec 3 2010 9:51 AM by maureenb

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