Exemplary community programs for federally sentenced women: a literature review

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Mia Dauvergne-Latimer
Correctional Services of Canada
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Ottawa, ON

Reviews literature relating to community programs available to federally sentenced women (FSW) upon release from prison. Examines resources and services across Canada and the United States and identifies exemplary programs available to FSW. Also discusses several research studies which indicate the needs and risks of female offenders and recommend effective programming strategies which promote successful reintegration. Reveals that while the needs and risks of women re-entering society are well known, programming for women remains culturally insensitive, scarce in its availability and accessibility, and formulated primarily to suit the needs of male clientele. Concludes by recommending alternatives to address this.