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Maureen Buell on “Working with Women Offenders in the Community”
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A newly published book, Working with Women Offenders in the Community, by Rosemary Sheehan, Gill McIvor, and Chris Trotter, features a chapter co-authored by Maureen Buell, NIC Correctional Program Specialist. Contributions to this book challenge policy-makers and corrections systems to concentrateCover more on community provision for women offenders and resist popular calls for more punitive responses to all offenders, women included. See especially chapter 3 “Policy Developments in the USA” by Maureen Buell, Phyllis Modley, and Patricia Van Voorhis.

Maureen recently discussed the following highlights and essential take away points.  She described the publication as an international compilation of community based initiatives, policy and practices specific to women under criminal justice supervision. She went on to say that “each chapter contributes to growing knowledge regarding women under community supervision; the challenges and variables in effective supervision in the community as opposed to institutional settings, as well as innovations in improving outcomes with this increasing population.”

Maureen further discussed the chapter she co-authored stating:

Chapter 3 “Policy Development in the USA” by Maureen Buell, Phyllis Modley, and Patricia Van Voorhis briefly outlines the evolution of attention to women offenders, first in institutional settings and then in community settings and innovations in programs and practices designed to enhance effectiveness and improve outcomes. Regardless of which country a chapter originates, the themes that resonate throughout the publication paint a picture of a population that can benefit from a more focused approach as well as the potential for improvements to systems of supervision. The National Institute of Corrections is referred to frequently within this publication as a source of support and innovation and should take pride in the work that has accomplished to date in improving both system and individual outcomes with criminal justice involved women.

For additional information on issues related to women offenders please visit NIC's Women Offender Project online at http://nicic.gov/WomenOffenders




Posted Thu, May 12 2011 12:45 PM by S. Cairns
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