The poor health of women in BC prisons

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Women in prison face several challenges not faced by their male counterparts, including lack of gender-specific health services and traumatic separation from their children.

An article in the BC Medical Journal reports that “women in both the provincial and federal correction systems in BC tend to be younger than the general population and poorly educated. Many are also mothers. Bloodborne infections such as HIV and hepatitis C are more prevalent among incarcerated women than incarcerated men, as is mental illness; in addition, women commonly have a psychiatric diagnosis, posttraumatic stress disorder, and a history of abuse and victimization. Incarcerated women in BC identified nine health goals as essential for their successful reintegration into society following their release from prison, including the provision of safe housing and improved relationships with their families.”

Read  The scope of the problem: The health of incarcerated women in BC.